Man captures video of "patient dumping" outside Baltimore hospital

Screencap courtesy Facebook

Screencap courtesy Facebook

The woman was filmed standing by herself at a bus stop in nothing but a hospital gown.

Imamu Baraka said the temperature was about -1degC, when he saw the woman being left at a bus stop, wearing only her hospital gown. In the video, you can hear Baraka direct the woman to have a seat while authorities were contacted to help the woman.

The woman appeared to have a wound on her forehead and seemed to say at one point: "Please help me!" "We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action".

He muses that the hospital staff should have perhaps committed her "until they are clear about what's happening".

Suntha also said he has reached out to Baraka to thank him for the video and to thank him for bringing the situation to light.

He offered his apologies to the patient, her family and the community.

A series of videos were posted to Facebook by Imamu Baraka, who is described as a mental health counselor in an online professional profile. Baraka, a psychotherapist, attempts to speak to her, but she doesn't answer him.

The family told Baraka that the hospital had put the woman in a cab to a homeless shelter and that's where the mother found her.

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Suntha says the woman wasn't mistreated while in the hospital's care and that the incident was isolated.

They take her back to the hospital where she was discharged just moments before.

"Is this what healthcare in Baltimore City has come to?"

The hospital used Facebook to issue a statement Wednesday.

Management of the University of Maryland Medical Center responded to the video the next day, stating that they felt just as shocked as the people who had been sharing the news, and that they have "failed their mission" regarding the patient in question.

In the Baltimore case that went viral this week, much remains unknown: Who the woman is, why she was hospitalized, what led staff to discharge her when she appeared to be incoherent, and where she is now.

The incident happened on Tuesday night. When asked about this, Karen Lancaster, a spokeswoman for the University of Maryland Medical System, said "patient privacy regulations restrict us from providing any details". " 'UMMC will be known for providing high value and compassionate care, improving health in Maryland and beyond, educating future health care leaders and discovering innovative ways to advance medicine worldwide.' You can do better".

"You're telling me no doctor or nurse or social worker asked where she was going?" "You try to get them to the best place possible, and that's not the bench in front of the hospital".

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