On a Friday, I was hospitalized because of a kidney stone attack. On Sunday morning, I was surprised to discover that 10 people had been allowed to visit with the patient in the other bed in our room. Since I wear a powerful hearing aid, I was shocked to hear the individuals discussing personal information about me including financial information. Immediately, I suspected identity theft, but was told by the nurse in charge that the hospital was a safe zone and this could not happen.
As the morning progressed, the individuals beyond the curtain started talking about how they would have one of the assistant nurses take me in a wheelchair to the elevator and several of the individuals would inject me with something to cause cardiac arrest (substance to be provided by the nurse in charge of the section).
When the time came for my release from the hospital, friends were to meet me at the front entrance. Sunday is a very quiet day with very few people around.
I refused to leave the hospital in a wheelchair, and finally one of the employees said he'd go downstairs with me. When we arrived on the first floor, he wanted me to go down a dark corridor. But I saw an exit leading directly outside, and went that way. Fortunately, a man was purchasing a newspaper outside the front entrance to the hospital. I asked him to stay with me until my friends arrived to take me home.
When I arrived home, I attempted to retrieve my annual credit report, only to discover that someone had already obtained it with my Social Security number from the hospital records. Since it was Sunday, I could only cancel my credit cards by telephone. The next day was a bank holiday. On Tuesday, I could close all of my bank accounts and reach my broker about my stock accounts. This was a shattering experience requiring much effort on my part to prevent identity theft.
-- Cecil P., Kihei, Hawaii