This and any other hospital employs attorneys and public relations experts to know in advance the consequences of such actions. The hospital knew and they should be sued. I am sure that even though is was clearly against hospital policy, someone in charge took it upon theirself to honor the patient's illegal and immoral wishes. If this happened, I'm sure it is not the first time and there are probabley other instances that were just not found out. - Often this is the case with racism in this country and in the workplace, where it is not necessarily the company having a sentiment of racism/discrimination, but one or several individuals in authority working for the company taking in upon themselves to perpertuate it. On the other hand, this may be a "test run" to see if such a request would hold up in court and/or how much public outcry or negative backlash would come of it - there is a lot of this going on in this country now.