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Woman spends night in jail after refusing to leave daughter's side at hospital

“I stand by my actions 100%. I am not sorry that I made them take me out of there in handcuffs."

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A Florida woman has spent the night in jail after refusing to leave her daughter's side at the hospital.

"I stand by my actions 100%. I am not sorry that I made them take me out of there in handcuffs," Lynn Savage told WJAX-TV.

Savage refused to leave her daughter's side while she was recovering from brain surgery at the University of Florida Health North. She said her daughter is non-verbal and was partially paralyzed after suffering from a stroke.

"I could not in good conscience and good heart leave her bedside not knowing how she was going to make it through the night voluntarily," Savage said.

The 70-year-old great-grandmother said she needed to be there to help her daughter remain calm and to interpret.

"The nurse said that the visiting hours were over at 7 p.m. and I had to leave and I said, 'I’m not going to leave. I want to stay here with my daughter. Can you call the doctor because the doctor is the one that wanted me here with her?' And she said no that they couldn’t do that, that COVID rules said that visiting hours were over at 7 p.m.," Savage said.

An arrest report says security spent hours pleading for Savage to leave before arresting her. She spent about 24 hours in jail.

"Not an experience that I would ever want to do again for the rest of my life not ever. It was horrible. It was filthy, it was more like an insane asylum with the women screaming and hollering and banging on bars and banging on walls. It was just terrifying, but I would rather be there than know that I had walked away from my daughter," she said.

She was booked for trespassing. Her daughter made it through the night but is still recovering.