Man saves patient from freezing conditions after hospital staff left her OUTSIDE.
Hospitals all over have been struggling this winter with increased instances of a range of illnesses, leaving hospital staff and resources feeling squeezed, but that is no excuse for what happened in this story.
Imamu Baraka owns a psychotherapy practice across the street from a hospital, the Maryland Medical Center, Midtown Campus. He was shocked to see the following event unfolding and if he had not intervened, who knows what would have happened.
In freezing temperatures, he saw hospital staff wheel a woman out and leave her at a bus stop, she was wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks, with no shoes.
Baraka says that in his panic to go and help the woman, he also grabbed his cell phone to record the incident, as he says he didn’t think anyone would possibly believe him if he did not have evidence.
“At first I was shocked. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And I move beyond that to the next level from being shocked. I became … irritated and fearful for the young lady. And then I became angry.
I asked them three times, I asked them specifically, ‘Are you going to leave this lady out here like this?’ They kept walking. They then went inside of the building.”
After quizzing all the hospital staff the he could find and not being met with any kind of reassuring answer, his only other option was to then call 911. Sadly, his fears for the woman were confirmed by the police when he asked what they would likely do with the woman and they told him they would have to take her back to the very same hospital that had left her out in the cold.
The hospital admitted that there had been a grave error, but only after Baraka’s video had been posted to Facebook and had gained substantial attention.
Hospital Ceo Dr. Mohan Suntha said:
“We believe firmly that we provided appropriate medical care to a patient who came to us in need, but where we absolutely failed, and where we own that failure, is in the demonstration of basic humanity and compassion as a patient was being discharged from our organization after having received that care.”
It is believed that the woman was mentally unwell, and was in no fit state to look after herself or realize the gravity of the situation that she was in.