Man who aided hospital patient discharged in gown shocked

Shock and outrage over unbelievable incident in Baltimore

Man who aided hospital patient discharged in gown shocked

The nearly six-minute video, which was posted on social media and quickly went viral, opens with Baraka talking to four security guards who are seen pushing an empty wheelchair back toward the University of Maryland Medical Center after leaving a woman at the bus shelter on Wednesday night.

A state agency charged with ensuring health facilities meet federal and state standards is investigating a University of Maryland Medical Center hospital where a woman was found outside in just a gown and socks in a case that some are calling patient dumping.

On Wednesday, a man who said he was a psychotherapist and a student at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus posted a video of the woman being hustled out of the hospital by staff and left at a bus stop, her possessions strewn on the street.

Baracka explained to reporters he filmed the incident on Tuesday night because he didn't think anybody would believe him if he reported a woman being left at a bus stop like that.

The man who says 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 outraged by her treatment. I couldn't believe what I was seeing. I became ... irritated and fearful for the young lady. "Do you need me to call the police?"

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

"Wait! So you're all just gonna leave this lady out here with no clothes on", Baraka asked the security guards who just mumble in response. "They then went inside of the building". "The idea that they are discharging her, if she is unruly which is what one of the security guards suggested, that's reason enough to involuntarily commit her to the psych ward at the hospital until they are clear what is happening".

Baracka then returns to the woman who is seen standing on the sidewalk in only a hospital gown and stockinged feet, looked dazed and confused, and then moaning in distress.

"They discarded this human being like she was trash with no regard to what was going to happen next", Baraka said in an interview with WMAR.
The woman in the video appears disoriented and is stumbling about.

"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", Lisa Clough, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in a statement. Suntha also said there were no excuses for what happened to the woman. "We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action". "There has been a lot of conversation since this incident came to light".

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