Woman allegedly molested in hospital speaks out
NORTHWEST MIAMI-DADE, Fla. (WSVN) -- A hospital patient is speaking out after a physician's assistant was arrested, accused of committing a disturbing crime against her.
The incident occurred at North Shore Medical Center, last Thursday. "This has been hell. I haven't been able to sleep. I haven't been able to eat," said Jemeena Grimes, the hospital patient.
The 33-year-old mother of six is battling lung cancer and was admitted to the hospital last Wednesday after she had difficulty breathing. "I had to take an MRI. I was scheduled to take an MRI, which I couldn't take because I was panicking, so they gave me a sedative so I could take the MRI," said Grimes. "Once they gave me the sedative, I took the MRI and was brought back to my room, and I was a little bit out of it. I was, actually, a lot out of it, but I could still hear everything going on around me."
According to police, the physician's assistant, 55-year-old Matthew Wand, sexually assaulted Grimes while she was under the influence of pain medication. "He was asking me, 'Does this hurt here? How does this feel?' and whatever, and I feel him touching me, and I'm still out of it, and eventually, I feel his hand in my vagina, and I started waking up, and when I started waking up, I saw his penis in my face."
Grimes continued, "And he stops, and he grabs a towel, and he wipes his hands off, and he says, 'Welcome to nursing.' And he walks out of the room."
Once she could move, Grimes contacted the police and family members. Authorities said, Wand gave them a full confession about the incident. Wand, who is from Boca Raton, was arrested on Friday and charged with sexual battery. He was later released on $10,000 bond.
According to Grimes, the crime occurred because she was an easy target. "That person should have never been in the room with me alone. That's the law. That should have never happened."
Grimes remains at North Shore Medical Center, where she continues to receive cancer treatment.
North Shore Medical Center released the following statement: "The safety and security of our patients is one of our highest priorities, and we take such allegations very seriously. Even though the physician assistant is not a hospital employee and also practices at other area hospitals, we have launched an internal inquiry and will continue to cooperate fully with the investigation into this matter."
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