Woman Dies After Being Forcefully Removed From Hospital
I caught this story on facebook this morning, from a link that another friend shared. It’s story is tragic, heartbreaking, and honestly a woman’s death could have been prevented with the help of a little empathy from the doctors and police officers involved. Read on to learn the story of 29 year old Anna Brown, who died from a blood clot which travelled from her leg to her lungs. She complained at several hospitals but ultimately was kicked out, taken to jail, and left to die on a cold jail cell floor for complaining.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary’s Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn’t stand. She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.
She told officers she couldn’t get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.
Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system. [read more]
Leave your thoughts after the jump, I’d love to know you guys take on this. And if you can take it, there is jail cell footage after the break.
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