OUT IN THE COLD | Video of woman left at bus stop by UMMC staff goes viral
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - It's an incredibly disturbing video that's gone viral.
The video shows a woman left at a bus stop outside of a Baltimore hospital Tuesday night wearing just a hospital gown and socks.
The woman appears to have trouble communicating.
The man who recorded the video, Imamu Baraka, says he witnessed the woman being left at the bus stop, dropped off by University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus staff.
He posted the exchange to Facebook, where it's gone viral and is upsetting many people.
"So you all are just going to leave this lady out here like this?" Baraka says to four hospital employees seen leaving the bus stop and going back inside the emergency department. One is pushing an empty wheelchair.
Baraka posted the video Tuesday night. Since then, it's been viewed thousands of times.
"Are you unable to speak?" he asks the woman who's seen stumbling on the sidewalk. "Why don't you sit down, ma'am? You don't look well. Come and sit down."
Baraka recorded the woman, who's seen wearing only socks and a hospital gown. Bags of her belongings are also seen at the bus stop.
"They just left all of her stuff out here, right?" he says. "This is disgusting, that they would just leave her unattended on a bus stop, half-naked."
He asked those dropping her off why.
"Is there a supervisor available?" he asks.
"I am a supervisor," someone is heard replying.
"So you all are OK with leaving that woman out there like that" asks Baraka.
"She was medically cleared," is the reply back.
The woman does not seem to be able to communicate with Baraka, who calls for help.
He posted three videos to Facebook Tuesday. One shows an ambulance coming to get the woman, taking her back to the same hospital.
"When I say she had no clothes on, she literally had just a hospital gown on. No underwear, and it is at least 30 or colder degrees out here," he says. "The idea that they're going to take her back to the hospital where security discharged her, that is so irresponsible."
The hospital posted this statement to Facebook Wednesday night.
"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."
Baraka says in his video: "She's not a patient of mine... I'm a psychotherapist here in the city and clearly there are some mental health issues that appear to be going on with this individual."