Baltimore Hospital Patient Discharged at Bus Stop, Stumbling and Cold


An image from a YouTube video of a woman who was discharged from University of Maryland Medical Center in Baltimore and released into the cold night. Imamu Baraka/PMGVideos, via YouTube

A woman who appeared to be wearing nothing but socks and a hospital gown was discharged from a Baltimore hospital on a cold winter night and left alone at a bus stop.

A passer-by filmed the woman late Tuesday evening and posted several videos on Facebook shortly after midnight. In them, people in dark uniforms can be seen walking into the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus with an empty wheelchair, leaving the woman alone on the sidewalk.

The woman appears to have trouble keeping her balance and communicating. She barely speaks during the videos, which total about 11 minutes. But she does scream, and her breath condenses in the cold air in front of her.

The man filming, Imamu Baraka, finds her belongings in plastic bags at the bus stop and encourages her to sit down.

“This is disgusting that they would just leave her unattended on a bus stop, half naked,” he said in the video. “And it’s got to be at least 40 degrees, if not colder.”

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Mr. Baraka, who did not immediately respond to requests for comment, stopped filming and called emergency responders. An ambulance eventually arrived to take the woman back to the hospital.

Source: The New York Times