Baltimore Hospital Staff Leave Gown-Wearing Patient In Freezing Cold Outdoors


The cell phone video shows a woman, wearing only a hospital gown, being escorted out of the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus by four security officers.

"Y'all, are just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes?", he can be heard asking them. "That is not okay".

"Due to the circumstances of what it was..." one of the men responds.

The young woman barely speaks and seems dazed, occasionally crying out. Baraka, identified in local reports as the person who sought to help the woman, told The Associated Press he was so angry he chose to record Tuesday night's events on cellphone video, fearing no one would believe him if he reported a woman being left at a bus stop like that.

He described frigid temperatures in the 30s and a cold wind blowing at the woman's hospital gown, exposing her to the elements. He also said he's been trying to personally reach out to the person who took the video, so he can thank him for two good deeds. His initial video has 1.2 million views.

Hospital spokeswoman Karen Warmkessel told Thursday that she believed the woman was no longer at the facility.

In another video, Baraka said he called 911 and watched paramedics take the woman back inside the hospital.

The responses of security staff are not audible in the video, but one appeared to say: "She was medically cleared".

Baltimore Hospital Staff Leave Gown-Wearing Patient In Freezing Cold Outdoors
Baltimore Hospital Staff Leave Gown-Wearing Patient In Freezing Cold Outdoors

"You can't expect those with mental health issues to be pleasant".

"What I saw was an individual who was trying to do the right thing, who was trying to advocate for someone they saw in need", Suntha said. "I am disgusted by the lack of empathy that I am seeing displayed".

Imamu Baraka captured the incident on his cellphone Tuesday and later published it to.

The hospital confirmed in a statement that she was discharged Tuesday night. 'This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission.

"No matter what the circumstances of her case, or the quality of the clinical care we provided in the hospital (which is not depicted in the video)".

A review is now being conducted into the incident and disciplinary action could be taken against the employees involved.

It's a way to get rid of patients who can't pay their bills.

The University of Maryland Medical System officials told they were shocked and disappointed at the footage.

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