A Florida man on kidney dialysis three times a week is upset that he cannot bring a life-size cut of President Donald Trump for emotional support.
Nelson Gibson told WPBF that his family cannot sit with him during the three and a half hour treatments. To help, he started bringing a photo of Trump as a comfort item.
"It's like bringing something from home to make you comfortable," Gibson told West Palm Beach television station.
Gibson said that no one complained about the photo. Then he started to bring a small cardboard cutout next to a photo of Trump. No one complained about the small clipping, and Gibson told the station that some people even took pictures with him.
On Saturday, Gibson took a life-size cutout of Trump for his treatment at Fresenius Kidney Care in Port St. Lucie. He said that, again, no one had a problem with this new item of emotional support.
But when he returned on Tuesday for treatment with the presidential cut, Gibson encountered an obstacle.
"They told me it was too much and it was not a demonstration," he told the TV station.
Her son Eric contacted the facility staff to find out what the problem was.
"It was supposed to be an infectious disease safety issue that didn't make sense," said Eric Gibson.
The Gibsons say they feel highlighted, as the center usually encourages patients to bring items of emotional support.
Gibson said another patient takes a bubble wrap and blows it up during treatment, which he finds stressed.
"What I really want to happen is that they don't violate my father's freedom of freedom expression and speech and allow him to place the life-size cardboard cutout that takes up less service area than a trash can, "Eric Gibson told the station.
"While we cannot discuss any specific individual, we strongly support the ability of all of our patients to express their opinions, which includes bringing items of reasonable size to our dialysis centers that do not create security or infection control problems or interfere with caregivers in treatment, "center spokesman Brad Puffer said in a statement.
The family said they are not sure when Gibson will return for treatment.