By Kimberly Eiten

BALTIMORE (WJZ/AP) — A video that reportedly shows a woman being left outside of a Baltimore emergency center has gone viral.

A pedestrian captured the incident on video, in which he says staff at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown campus left a woman, only in her hospital gown, near a bus stop in about 30-40 degree weather Wednesday night.

UMMC officials are now investigating after the woman was left on the street in a gown and socks.

Imamu Baraka was leaving his office across the street from the hospital just as workers wheeled the patient out and left her at the bus stop.

“Are you OK? Are you able to speak? Do you need me to call the police?” Baraka said in the video, moments after the woman was left outside.

“This woman was placed in the city of Baltimore, in the dead of night, in the cold, vulnerable, exposed,” he said. “She lets out this kind of cry. I felt that. I’m like, ‘come on, let’s go over here. Let’s sit down.’ And, then, she begins to stumble, and I’m like this is going to get bad really fast.”

The University of Maryland Medical System released the following statement:

“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.”

The video was shared on Facebook by Heather Mizeur, a former member of the Maryland House of Delegates and a Democratic candidate for governor in 2014. “I’m going to be on a holy reign of terror demanding some answers here,” she wrote.

“Where’s the humanity in all of this?” Baraka said.

He said he called 911 and watched paramedics take the woman back inside the hospital.

The hospital has not released the woman’s identity or circumstances surrounding the case due to privacy laws.

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Comments (7)
  1. Greg Parker says:

    Sounds like the kind of hospital you never wanna visit ,bunch of animals running this show,that’s what a college degree will get you ,should be fired whoever let this happen

  2. Angie Scuba says:

    This news really upset me while OUR Government has those refugees in the country, which they also have “”FREE MONEY”” from our TAX, spending very month… I literally heard those words from one of those Refugees who got in America since he was a kid… ,despite the fact that some of our “Americans” who are homeless… who have no Health insurance…. who have no food…. have been looked over by Government!!!!.

  3. Judith Smit says:

    In my country the hospital and it’s employees involved would be charged with criminal negligence, the ones who actually left her out there were so clearly grossly negligent that it would border on assualt. It was a freezing night and the lady was in night-ware so anyone involved in walking her out there would be considered for charges by an examining magistrate. I wonder How Angie Scuba who commented above will feel if it transpires that the lady is a refugee or immigrant. Will she consider the hospital justified in leaving the lady out in the cold in a state where she was clearly unable to care for herself because she is one of those who might want “FREE MONEY”. Conflating issues of refugees/immigrants with your country’s social fallings is dishonest and helps your society dodge the tough questions about distribution of wealth and social justice. People who are homeless or have no health insurance are NOT overlooked by your government, they cannot possibly “overlook” them, your government simply chooses to not act to solve the problem (to the rest of the world it appears to prefer to demonise them). As to refugees it is worth keeping in mind that America is instrumental in creating many of the refugees in the world either via corporate imperialism or military imperialism so it is only right that you take on your share of them. In case you feel that the USA does more than most for refugees I suggest you look at per capita figures, almost every other developed country does more.

  4. Well said, Judith. This is a prime example of what occurs when money is more important in a country than the lives of it’s citizens. Humanity, compassion, giving a damn about someone other than yourself, disappears and is considered a weakness. This nauseates me.

  5. Why the police? That’s how deadly situations can happen. How about an ambulance? Paramedics? Health Department?

  6. Jeff Madruga says:

    Maryland has reckless endangerment laws ($5,000 fine and up to 5 years in jail) already. So why the delay in (at least!) suspensions, dismissals, and *application* of those charges in this case?! How could any of this be more obviously suitable for prosecution, and not “fixed” by reading a canned written statement without accepting questions or offering detailed and accurate answers?! This is a bona fide OUTRAGE for both this incident and our entire country…, our entire species!! Who the hell cares if we go to Mars or have gigantic TVs if we can’t maintain basic humanity?!

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