Las Vegas Tribune
After reading two stories that appeared in the Las Vegas Tribune on the abuse of Clark County Public Guardian and St. Rose De Lima Dominican Hospital against a father and his son who are hospitalized in a Henderson medical institution, several people have called offering their assistance.
In Clark County the name of Clark County Public Guardian is synonymous with abuse, illegal behavior, tragedy, and bad news all around; for years citizens that have had the misfortune of dealing with the Clark County Public Guardian have a sour taste in their mouths and ugly memories of their encounter.
In an August 14 court appearance Judge Porter removed, temporarily, Steve Sakac as his son’s guardian, but made it very clear to both the St. Rose De Lima Dominican Hospital’s attorney, and Clark County Public Guardian, who had joined forces to destroy another family in our community, that they cannot deny Sakac visits to his son in the hospital and reminded all parties that the transfer of guardianship is only temporary.
Of course, the court ruling means nothing to both St. Rose De Lima Dominican Hospital and the Clark County Public Guardian; yes, they did allow Steve to visit his son Tony, but he cannot hug or kiss him when he arrives or when he leaves; there are two nurses at the front door of Tony’s room making sure that his father has no physical contact with him. Yet Tony’s case is very different.
After reading the Las Vegas Tribune’s two front page articles, a man by the name of Muse Aliyev, owner of Jessa Medical Supply in Gaithersburg, Maryland, contacted Stephen Sakac, who he has met before, to donate a brand new hospital bed for his handicapped son Tony.
The Sakac story has touched the heart of several Las Vegas Tribune readers and after learning that the excuse the St. Rose De Lima Dominican Hospital and the Clark County Public Guardian used to steal Tony from his father, who has cared for him for the last thirty years, is that he did not have a decent place in which to house his ill son (perhaps meaning no hospital bed available for him, among other things), and had no vehicle to transport him back and forth to his doctors or the hospital, help came from different sources.
An apartment was rented in Henderson by a long time friend from Ohio, David Vogel, and a handicap-fitted van was donated by a nonprofit organization called Catholic Proud, of which Vogel is the director, and it was made possible by a large donation from a priest friend of Steve and Tony for the past twenty-five years.
Steve now has a brand new hospital bed for Tony donated by Muse Aliyev, the owner of Jessa Medical Supplies in Maryland. Mr. Aliyev is a foreign graduate medical doctor, who came to the United States from Azerbaijan in 1992. Due to family circumstances, Mr. Aliyev was unable to continue his medical career in this country. In 1995, he became a vice president of a medical supply company, and in 1997, he started his own company.
Even though Mr. Aliyev has known Steve and Tony for years and has a strong desire to help them, he understands the struggle of Steve to take care of Tony because in 1997 he himself experienced something similar when his young daughter Jessa became very ill — the reason why his company is named after her.
The hospital bed was shipped and delivered to Steve’s apartment, and is now just waiting for Tony to be released from the hospital to continue under the loving care his father has given him for the last thirty years.