Last time we checked, hospitals are supposed to be places that look after us, value us, and take care of us. But this story sadly proves that isn't always the case.
Security guards working at a hospital in Baltimore were recently caught on tape dumping an elderly patient out onto the street and left to fend for herself in the middle of winter!!! JUST EVIL!!!
CBS News wrote that it all started when Imamu Baraka, a local dude, was walking past the University of Maryland Hospital when he noticed something that shocked him to his core.
Baraka swears that he saw hospital security guards wheel a patient to the bus stop in the freezing cold, wearing nothing more than a flimsy hospital gown and socks. SHE WASN'T EVEN WEARING ANY SHOES!!!
That's when Baraka pulled out his camera to get proof of the situation and put the hospital ON FULL BLAST!!! "It's about 30 degrees out here right now," Baraka says in a recording. "Are you OK, ma'am? Do you need me to call the police?" he asks.
"Come on and sit down," Baraka repeatedly says to the patient in the recording. "I'm going to call and get you some help."
Bakara also tried to confront the workers and demand to speak with a supervisor to no avail. However, he called 911 and the police and they ended up taking her right back into the same hospital that evicted her!
As the video became viral and made national news, folks at the hospital issued a statement acting brand new and shocked about it all.
"This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission. While there are many circumstances of this patient’s case that we cannot address publicly, in the end we clearly failed to fulfill our mission with this patient, no matter the circumstances of her case or the quality of the clinical care we provided in the hospital (which is not depicted in the video)."
Sadly, incidents like this one aren't rare or new. What these security guards did is a trend called "patient dumping."
According to Bustle, the phrase was coined in the 1980s and refers to what happens when hospitals neglect the poor, uninsured, and oftentimes homeless. They "dump" the patients by either transferring them to local public hospitals or putting them back out on the streets, like they did this old woman.
And be clear: THIS IS AGAINST THE LAW!
Hospitals and physicians caught violating the law can face a fine up to $50,000 per violation and can be vulnerable to getting sued. WE HOPE THIS WOMAN SUES THE SOCKS OFF THIS HOSPITAL!!!
No one should be treated like that...ever. She could have frozen to death. Hopefully, she is doing better.