Lawsuit: Portland Adventist forcibly removed disabled vet because of service dog

Last June, an 86-year-old disabled veteran was forcibly removed from Portland (Ore.) Adventist Medical Center because of his service dog. Now the veteran, Robert Campen, is seeking an undisclosed amount in federal court, according to The Oregonian.

Mr. Campen, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder, visited the hospital's medical records department on June 1, 2015. While on his way out of Portland Adventist, two security guards informed him he couldn't have his dog Libby in the facility.

Although Mr. Campen explained that Libby is a service dog, David Russell, a hospital senior vice president, allegedly appeared and said, "Get the dog out of here." The lawsuit claims one of the guards grabbed Mr. Campen's wrist and forced him out of the hospital.

The lawsuit cites one of the guards for "battery" due to the sprained wrist Mr. Campen got after being removed. It also claims the hospital discriminated Mr. Campen due to his disability.

Adventist Health spokeswoman Kristi Spurgeon Johnson said Portland Adventist hasn't been served with the lawsuit, according to the report.

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