Kings County Hospital Lets Woman with Mental Illness Die
The hospital surveillance video shows a dying woman while people around her, including a hospital security guard, did nothing to help. Apparently hospitals aren’t good places for people with mental illness to be (click here to read the full entry and view the video).
After a full hour, another patient alerted hospital staff of the woman dead on the floor. Worse still, the surveillance tape suggests hospital staff may have falsified medical charts to cover the utter lack of treatment provided Esmin Green before she died.
City hospital officials agreed in court Tuesday to implement reforms at a psychiatric ward where surveillance footage showed a woman falling from her chair, writhing on the floor and dying as workers failed to help for more than an hour.
A federal suit filed last year in Brooklyn alleged neglect and abuse of mental patients at the hospital. The suit sparked an investigation by the Brooklyn U.S. attorney’s civil rights unit before the June 19 death.
Esmin Green, 49, had been waiting in the emergency room for nearly 24 hours when she toppled from her seat at 5:32 a.m. on June 19, falling face down on the floor.
She was dead by 6:35, when someone on the medical staff, flagged down by a person in the waiting room, finally approached, nudged Green with her foot, and gently prodded her shoulder, as if to wake her.
The staffer then left and returned with someone wearing a white lab coat who examined her and summoned help.
Green, a Jamaican, had been involuntarily committed the previous morning and had waited overnight for a bed. She stopped moving about half an hour after she collapsed. Nobody in the hospital immediately came to her aid as she lay on the floor.
The New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which runs the hospital, said six people have been fired as a result, including security personnel and members of the medical staff.
Source: Wire reports
News Editor, P. (2015). Kings County Hospital Lets Woman with Mental Illness Die. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 23, 2018, from https://psychcentral.com/news/2008/07/02/kings-county-hospital-lets-woman-with-mental-illness-die/2544.html