The Lawsuit

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Lawrence Destefano, as an individual and personal representative of his mother, Carolina Destefano, sued the following entities for the corresponding claims:

The Adventist Group
  1. ONE COUNT OF DEFAMATION - ADVENTIST HEALTHCARE SYSTEM;
  2. ONE COUNT OF DEFAMATION - FLORIDA HOSPITAL;
  3. ONE COUNT OF DEFAMATION - ADVENTIST CARE CENTERS;
  4. ONE COUNT OF BATTERY - ADVENTIST CARE CENTERS;
  5. ONE COUNT OF DEFAMATION - SUNBELT HEALTH CARE & SUBACUTE CENTER;
  6. ONE COUNT OF BATTERY - SUNBELT HEALTH CARE & SUBACUTE CENTER;
  7. ONE COUNT OF CIVIL CONSPIRACY - THE ADVENTIST GROUP;
    and
  8. ONE COUNT OF CIVIL CONSPIRACY - ORLANDO REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER

At trial, Mr. Destefano alleged that he was defamed by individuals from the Adventist Group when they falsely accused him of sexually molesting and battering his terminally ill mother, i.e., kissing his mother on the lips with his mouth open, lying fully on top of her, inserting his finger into her rectum until she presented with rectal bleeding, kneeing her in the back, continuously inserting food into her mouth until she began to gag, and literally dragging her around the floor until she bled.

Mr. Destefano alleged his mother, Carolina Destefano, was battered by individuals from the Adventist Group when they falsely reported that Mrs. Destefano presented with rectal bleeding after her son was witnessed inserting his finger into her rectum. Mr. Destefano alleged that to bolster this false report, individuals from the Adventist Group withdrew blood from Carolina Destefano and planted it at her vaginal / rectal area.

Based on the false reports put forth by individuals from the Adventist Group, Carolina Destefano was transferred or ORMC''s emergency department with a RECTAL ANAL HEMORRHAGE.

Evidence was presented that following Carolina Destefano''s arrival at ORMC, individuals from the Adventist Group communicated on 11 (eleven) different occasions with individuals from ORMC (see CALL CHART).

Mr. Destefano alleged that in these communications individuals from ORMC conspired with individuals from the Adventist Group to falsely accuse him of molesting his terminally ill mother.

ORMC''s specific documentation was that Carolina Destefamo was a comatose cachectic patient "whose normal state is with her mouth open." Mr. Destefano alleged that it was only after ORMC communicated with the Adventist Group that ORMC reported Mr. Destefano was lying on top of his mother an French kissing her.

ORMC reported in greater detail that Mr. Destefano''s lips surrounded his mothers open mouth and lips multiple times with the duration of each kiss occurring 3 to 5 seconds, and that "this episode was considered to be a passionate kiss as a romantic couple would kiss one another."

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