Hospital leaves sick patient on curb in freezing weather in thin gown. This man saved her.


Imamu Baraka, who has a psychotherapy practice in a building across the street from the Maryland Medical Center, Midtown Campus, was shocked on Tuesday when he watched employees of the hospital wheel a woman out and leave her at a bus stop. In frigid temperatures. In nothing more than a hospital gown and socks.

He rushed back to his office to get his cell phone because he worried that if he didn’t record what had happened that no one would believe him. You can see his recording below:

He grew increasingly angry but tried to keep his emotions in check as he repeatedly questioned the people who had left her.

The Bradenton Herald reports he said:

“At first I was shocked. I couldn’t believe what I was seeing. And I move beyond that to the next level from being shocked. I became … irritated and fearful for the young lady. And then I became angry.

I asked them three times, I asked them specifically, ‘Are you going to leave this lady out here like this?’ They kept walking. They then went inside of the building.”1

When they didn’t answer him he went inside the building and found someone to speak to. When that person was unhelpful he asked to speak to the manager- who it turns out was the person he had been speaking to. Finding no help in the hospital, he called 911 However, when he asked the crew who responded where they would take her, “back to the hospital” was their answer. Yes, the same hospital that had just dumped her.

The president and CEO of the hospital, Dr. Mohan Suntha, told a news conference on Thursday that the hospital had failed. But that conference only came AFTER the video was posted to Facebook. Essentially they admitted they were wrong after they got caught.

“We believe firmly that we provided appropriate medical care to a patient who came to us in need, but where we absolutely failed, and where we own that failure, is in the demonstration of basic humanity and compassion as a patient was being discharged from our organization after having received that care.” 2

He went on to say that he does not believe the treatment the women received “in any way defines who we are as an organization.”3 We shall see.

The woman was discharged again on Tuesday evening. At this time it’s not been reported what happened to her. This is utterly unacceptable and shocking. We will update you as more information becomes available.

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Sources and References

  1. Bradenton Herald, January 12, 2018.
  2. Bradenton Herald, January 12, 2018.
  3. Bradenton Herald, January 12, 2018.

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

  • Nica10

    This is a sad, long-standing issue with our local hospitals in both Baltimore & the D.C. metro area.
    We stopped taking our minor son in a long time ago because we knew it would do no good and would be a waste of time. We would be treated like garbage and the older he got – the worse it would get.
    The system has failed us … The hospitals have failed us. This is a huge reason we are no longer foster parents either. Not because of our children and their needs but because there are no providers to provide for their needs! No services to be found anywhere! (No to mention how we get treated)

    Also … 3 years ago I was a patient myself at #WashingtonAdventistHospital and they are famous for doing this very same thing!
    I was an emergency surgical patient with complications.
    My surgeon was awesome. My attending dr was a horses’ rear end and treated me like horse manure.
    She discharged me and when I requested patient services and wanted to appeal the decision to send me home in my condition without home health care or anything (which my insurance would pay for) … She immediately had security escort me out and dump me!
    (Mind you … I am in a wheelchair … Cannot walk and need assistance!)
    I sat downstairs being guarded for 7 hours without my own chair even (waiting for it to be brought to me) with no pain meds and no food … And hadn’t been given breakfast or lunch either!
    This is unfortunately typical practices that our hospitals pull frequently.
    I even asked to talk to the vice president of the hospital as he had told me before if I ever had problems to ask for him by name. I was denied access! Told I had no rights.
    If I as a vocal person without mental issues am treated this way … Imagine how they treat our special people! 🙁

  • Elena B.Fiske

    This is so disgusting that our hospitals cannot be human. That’s what they are there for to help people in need! What in heck is going on???????????????????