Mother of patient left in cold says her daughter was denied care | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


Mother of patient left in cold says her daughter was denied care

The mother of a mentally ill woman who was left outside a Baltimore hospital on a frigid night wearing only a flimsy gown and socks asserted she was denied care by medical professionals and left to face life-threatening conditions on the street. Cheryl Chandler said she was only made aware of her missing 22-year-old daughter's predicament on the night of Jan. 9 when she happened upon a viral video shot by a passer-by who was enraged at the way she was treated.

"I didn't even know that it was my daughter initially," Chandler told CBS News. "As he got close enough, I saw it was her and I got hysterical because in that moment, it was sheer fear that my daughter was going to die."

Chandler's daughter, Rebecca, was escorted out of the hospital by uniformed security personnel with her street clothes stuffed in plastic bags, and she was left at an open-air bus stop with outdoor temperatures in the 30s. She had a gash on her forehead and was visibly disoriented, stumbling in her hospital gown and unable to formulate any words on the cold night.

"It's obvious with looking at the video — even someone who doesn't know her, someone who doesn't know anything about mental illness — it was very apparent that she was having some sort of medical issue," Chandler continued. "You could see she has a large lump on her forehead and her face was bloody. So, there was a medical issue. She was incoherent. A blind person, Hellen Keller, could see that my daughter was in need of medical attention."

Webmaster's Commentary: 

A society is only as good as its compassion for the most fragile among it; unfortunately, here in the US, we frequently see a massive propensity toward cruelty, and feigning ignorance, when one of its most vulnerable, like Rebecca, gets caught in the cracks of the system.

Dumping her at a bus stop, in her hospital garb, at sub-freezing temperatures?!?

This... is what "American compassion" looks like for far too many of its fragile members.

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