Baltimore hospital probes release of thinly clad patient in cold

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2018

WBAL-TV 11 News spoke with the woman's mother, who said her daughter is 22 years old and has a history of mental illness.

A review of the personnel involved with the discharging has begun.

The viral video of a recently discharged patient being left outside in the cold wearing only a paper gown sparked an investigation at the Maryland hospital where she received treatment.

Experts call the practice 'patient dumping, ' where those suffering from chronic maladies like mental illness are abandoned on the street.

The hospital is cooperating with regulatory agencies such as Maryland's Office of Health Care Quality, according to Clough.

"This is disgusting that they would just leave her unattended on a bus stop, half naked", he said in the video.

Amid the rush of public interest after the video, the head of the hospital thanked Baraka for filming the video. They were telling her to get up. "She's with family. She's being taken care of". They take her back to the hospital where she was discharged just moments before. He was walking by and saw guards wheeling her out.

A woman who says she's the mother of a patient dumped on the street outside a Baltimore hospital in frigid weather this week says she was laughed at and stonewalled by hospital staff while trying to find out about the status of her daughter.

Lisa Clough, a spokeswoman for the hospital, confirmed the incident happened Tuesday.

Suntha declined to give details about the patient citing privacy laws.

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Baraka calls 911, and rescue workers arrive quickly. The Joint Commission, which accredits hospitals also requires that hospitals have a discharge plan.

The issue of people being put out of hospitals is a nationwide issue called "hospital dumping". In 2007, "60 Minutes" investigated the practice of removing homeless patients from Los Angeles hospitals and leaving them downtown. In 2007, a paraplegic man was found crawling around Skid Row and Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center was accused of taking him there without a wheelchair.

The woman is standing next to the bus stop in a thin yellow hospital gown and socks.

"Something was clearly going on", Breidenstine said. "They knew I was taping and they didn't even look back".

The University of Maryland Medical System officials told they were shocked and disappointed at the footage.

Adding, 'We do not believe what happened defines who we are as an organization'.

It's a way to get rid of patients who can't pay their bills. Moran said the video is a sad example of that.

The young woman seemed to be in a daze and had trouble speaking - but she did scream. Several bags of what appear to be her belongings are sitting at the bus stop.

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