Hospital Apologizes For Dumping Half-Naked Woman at Bus Stop

Woman dumped on Baltimore street by hospital guards from University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

Woman dumped on Baltimore street by hospital guards from University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus

"How DARE you leave that woman on the street like a bag of garbage!" one woman wrote.

Saying she didn't have any more information, Warmkessel said, "There's not a lot I can tell you". "That is not OK". A guard turns around and offers a vague explanation: "Due to the circumstances of what it was". "She was. medically discharged".

The men do not appear to respond when Baraka urges them to call the police. But she does scream, and her breath condenses in the cold air in front of her. Baraka also said that the woman must have been discharged or kicked out of the medical institutions since all of her belongings, including her clothes, were carefully wrapped in plastic bags and placed near her in the bus stop.

Recalled Baraka, "I said, 'Are you kidding me, they just dumped her on the curb"'. Baraka said it was about 30 degrees.

The man hurried up the Baltimore sidewalk with a camera in his hand as four black-clad hospital security guards walked toward him, then past him.

Baraka said that he stopped videotaping at some point to call 911 and an ambulance crew came and took the woman back into the hospital. "Every person that I talked to at the hospital either hung up on me or told me to email the hospital, and that everyone was going to tell me the same thing".

'You can't expect people with mental health issues to be pleasant because they are ill, ' he said.

In a follow-up video, he said he was "disgusted by the lack of empathy" shown.

It's called "patient dumping" and it doesn't just happen in Baltimore.

Imamu Baraka
Imamu Baraka

"This kind of behavior is, I think, both illegal and I'm sure immoral", said Arthur L. Caplan, founding head of the division of medical ethics at the New York University School of Medicine.

"She just came out of this hospital and was abandoned here on the curb". 'You can do better.

The phenomenon was pervasive two decades ago, when the law was largely unenforced, Caplan said, but it remains a problem from California to Virginia.

The hospital in an earlier statement said what happened Tuesday night was "not representative of our patient centered mission".

On Wednesday, the hospital's CEO apologized for the disturbing footage and vowed to get to the bottom of why the woman had been released.

A state agency charged with ensuring health facilities meet federal and state standards is investigating a University of Maryland Medical Center hospital where a woman was found outside in just a gown and socks in a case that some are calling patient dumping.

A Baltimore hospital has opened an investigation into why a patient was discharged on a freezing night this week and left outside wearing only a thin medical gown, after a video of the incident posted on Facebook attracted wide attention.

CBS News reported the medical center is reviewing the woman's case and that personnel action could be taken against the hospital employees responsible for her dumping.

Some reporting was taken from the Associated Press.

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