The viral video of a just lately discharged affected person being left exterior within the chilly carrying solely a paper robe sparked an investigation on the Maryland hospital the place she obtained therapy.
Imamu Baraka was strolling by a bus cease in downtown Baltimore late Tuesday evening when he noticed a gaggle of males in uniforms — possible hospital safety guards — drop off a girl after which stroll away.
She was carrying solely socks and a hospital robe within the chilly January climate, her belongings packed up in a pair of plastic luggage left at her ft.
Officers declined to debate why the girl was being handled on the College of Maryland Medical Heart and the main points surrounding her discharge. Related incidents, sometimes called “affected person dumping,” sometimes happen as a result of a affected person lacks insurance coverage or monetary sources, CBS Information reported.
“So y’all simply gonna go away this woman out right here with no garments on? That’s not okay,” Baraka will be heard saying in his recording of the incident.
“They only left all her stuff out right here. That is disgusting that they’d simply go away her unattended on a bus cease half bare. It’s gotta be a least 40 levels or colder.”
Baraka later shared the alternate on Fb and the clip has to date been seen by greater than three million folks.
In a follow-up video, he famous he referred to as 911 in order that the girl may obtain extra care.
The College of Maryland Medical Heart CEO Dr. Mohan Suntha apologized to the affected person and promised they’d be “holding people who made choices accountable for these choices,” CNN reported.
Suntha added the incident was a “breakdown of fundamental human compassion,” and famous the girl’s discharge was not resulting from her incapacity to pay or insurance coverage.
The hospital in an earlier assertion mentioned what occurred Tuesday evening was “not consultant of our affected person centered mission.”
“Whereas there are numerous circumstances of this affected person’s case that we can not tackle publicly, ultimately we clearly failed to satisfy our mission with this affected person, regardless of the circumstances of her case or the standard of the medical care we supplied within the hospital (which isn’t depicted within the video,)” it reads.
“We’re taking this matter very critically, conducting an intensive evaluation, and are evaluating the suitable response, together with the opportunity of personnel motion.”