A hospital in Baltimore, United States has come under fire after a video went viral showing a woman patient in a hospital gown being dumped on the US street by hospital staff in near-freezing temperature.
Imamu Baraka, identified in local reports as the person who sought to help the woman, told The Associated Press he was so angry he made a decision to record Tuesday night's events on cellphone video, fearing no one would believe him if he reported a woman being left at a bus stop like that. He described temperatures in the 30s and a cold wind blowing at the woman's hospital gown, exposing her to the elements. "They put her in an environment where she could have literally ended up dead because it was cold that night", he said.
"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."
"At first I was shocked". I became ... irritated and fearful for the young lady.
He added he failed to get satisfactory answers as he tried to help the woman. Of those who brought her outdoors, he said: "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".
Her street clothes were stuffed in plastic bags and dropped at an open-air bus stop.
What did happen next is he called the police and the ambulance took her right back to the same hospital.
Baraka said he was furious at the hospital security guards.
Baraka said he's been in regular contact with the 22-year-old woman's mother, who is grateful for his intervention, since his video went viral. University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus (UMMC) as a Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) student - may I remind you of the importance of the VISION of your MEDICAL CENTER: "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". Suntha also said there were no excuses for what happened to the woman.
According to Dr. Suntha, the incident is now under an internal investigation and review of discharge policies.
Said Suntha, "We do not believe that what occurred Tuesday night in any way defines who we are as an organization".