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BALTIMORE (AP) — The man who said he came to the aid of a woman discharged from a Baltimore hospital wearing only a gown and socks on a cold winter’s night, says he was left outraged and stunned at how she was treated.

Imamu Baraka, identified in local reports as the person who sought to help the woman, told The Associated Press he was so angry he decided 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.

“I saw the unthinkable: another human in a wheelchair being wheeled out in the dead of cold,” he said in the phone interview Thursday evening.

He described frigid temperatures in the 30s and a cold wind blowing at the woman’s hospital gown, exposing her to the elements.

Baraka, who said he has a psychotherapy practice in a building across the street from the Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, said he rushed back to his office, retrieved his cellphone, returned and hit “record” while growing increasingly angry.

As a medical professional, the psychotherapist said he sought to keep his emotions in check even as he repeatedly challenged those who had wheeled the woman out to the street in the dark.

“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,” he recalled.

He added he failed to get satisfactory answers as he tried to help the woman.

Of those who brought her outdoors, he said: “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.” He said he went and asked a security guard outside the hospital for a supervisor and was told “I am the supervisor.”

Rebuffed, he said, he then went and tried to help the woman shelter in the bus stop while calling 911 for an ambulance. He said he asked the arriving ambulance crew where they would take her, and they replied “back to the hospital.”

Recalled Baraka, “I said, ‘Are you kidding me, they just dumped her on the curb.'”

It wasn’t immediately clear what happened to the woman after she was driven back toward the hospital. But the hospital confirmed in a statement that the woman was discharged that Tuesday night.

Dr. Mohan Suntha, president and CEO of University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, told a news conference on Thursday afternoon that the hospital had “failed” after the video posted on Facebook showed the unidentified woman mumbling and appearing disoriented in frigid weather outside. Suntha also said there were no excuses for what happened to the woman.

“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,” he said.

He added that the woman wasn’t mistreated while in the hospital’s care and that the incident was isolated and that hospital officials were conducting an extensive internal review.

Said Suntha, “We do not believe that what occurred Tuesday night in any way defines who we are as an organization. There has been a lot of conversation since this incident came to light.”

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23 thoughts on “Baltimore Hospital CEO Apologizes For Discharging Woman In Hospital Gown

  1. Honestly on said:

    Cave n!@@ers have a depraved indifference to the lives of Nubians. They are monsters, freaks and savages. They should have never been let out of the caves of Europe.

    • African American Woman on said:

      Oh, please… Her being mentally ill and not able to defend herself is why they put this woman out like this. The mentally ill in this country are poorly treated and villified, so a lot of people feel its ok to mistreat and dispose of them. I’m sure this isn’t the 1st time this has happened and I’m sure color doesn’t matter in cases like this.

      • African American Woman on said:

        She also appears to be injured and homeless, not exactly at the top of the list for quality care, which is a shame. The mentally ill are more at risk of being the victim of violence than the perpetrator of violence.

  2. many of you will be surprised !!! i bet there were BLACK people involved in this treatment…stay tuned ….sometimes WE are our worst enemy !!

  3. I don’t buy any of that. Those guys who left her there acted as though they have done that many times over.
    God bless Mr. Baraka for his act of kindness. That guy at the bus stop kept eating his food (shame on him)

  4. Everyone involved in the treatment of this lady, from the top to the bottom, from the hospital administrator to the person pushing the wheelchair to the security personnel that “escorted” her out the door should be fired and brought on charges of depraved indifference. This is cruel beyond belief.

  5. This incident clearly defines who you are as an organization. This is not the first time this has happened. These workers did not out of the clear blue sky decide, oh, let’s roll her out to the curb. This is a practice of this hospital. For those involved in this in one way or another, judgment is coming.

  6. These people are going to have to answer one day for the horrible mistreatment of other human beings. They wouldn’t treat a dog or any other animal this way. I see stories all the time about outrage over animals left out in the cold. Disgusting

  7. These people are going to have to answer one day for the horrible mistreatment of other human beings. They wouldn’t treat a dog or any other animal this way. I see stories all the time about outrage over animals left out in the cold. Disgusting

  8. leadjustone on said:

    God help us all. I agree with D. This is just probably the first time the hospital got caught mistreating patients. The woman looks like she may have some kind of mental disability. Therefore, she is among the most vulnerable of us. The hospital spokesman/president or whatever should just shut up.There is no way to explain this away. This woman was discharged with absolutely no care or concern about what would happen to her. Except for the grace of that wonderful psychotherapist, she could have frozen to death. First do no harm.

  9. Leslie on said:

    Obviously she WAS mistreated while in their care, because she was discharged in a damn hospital gown and slippers, and doesn’t even appear to be emotionally stable! Isolated my ass, this time it was just captured on video! I’m sure there are others who could come forward to tell a similar story. They ought to be ashamed of themselves…a clear violation of the hippocratic oath!

  10. African American Woman on said:

    WOW! There’s not one excuse in the world tgis hospital can offer to make this any better. Not only did they throw this woman out like a piece of trash; she appears to be memtally ill…she may not have the capacity to seek shelter from the cold or avoid the dangers of being out in a hospital gown at night. Whomever discharged this woman needs to be fired immediately!

    • Marcy Sims on said:

      TRUTH!!!!!!! This is probably not the first time this has happened at this hospitalas you mentioned. This is an outrage and the hospital and all involved should be held accountable for this incident (legally). I agree, there is no and I mean NO EXCUSE for what happened to this woman. I have never heard of anyone being discharged in a hospital gown…..REALLY???!!!! WHERE IS THE DIGNITY AND HUMANITY IN THIS SITUATION???!!!Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity, regardless of their situation….guess they never thought that this could be their mother, father, etc……guess they just didn’t want to be bothered…SMDH

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