OUT IN THE COLD: Video of woman left at bus stop by Baltimore hospital staff draws outrage
BALTIMORE (WJLA) - A viral video is drawing outrage from social media users, as it shows a woman in a hospital gown apparently left at a bus stop by staff at a Baltimore hospital.
Imamu Baraka recorded the video on his phone Tuesday night when he witnessed four hospital workers with the University of Maryland Medical Center's Midtown Campus drop a woman off at a bus stop, not far from the emergency room.
The woman appears to be disoriented and in distress, and she's only wearing a hospital gown and socks in the cold.
Temperatures were around 35-36 degrees Tuesday night in Baltimore.
Baraka can be heard repeatedly asking why the woman was dropped off outside, and a supervisor can be heard saying she was medically cleared from the hospital.
In the video, the woman is stumbling on the sidewalk and has a hard time talking. Baraka helps her sit down and calls for help.
UMMC is now apologizing. It released this statement on its Facebook page:
"We share the shock and disappointment of many who have viewed the video showing the discharge of a patient from the Emergency Department of UMMC Midtown the night of January 9. 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). We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action."