US Man who filmed video of Baltimore woman left outside in hospital gown: 'No one would have believed me.'

20:54  12 january  2018
20:54  12 january  2018 Source:   Tribune News Service

Lawyer: Woman was having psychotic episode when left in cold

  Lawyer: Woman was having psychotic episode when left in cold An attorney for a woman who was left outside a Baltimore hospital wearing a patient gown and socks on a frigid night says she was having a psychotic episode when the institution turned its back on her. Hospital officials say they are still investigating why the woman was escorted out of the hospital by uniformed security personnel and left at a city bus stop.

BALTIMORE — 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.

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.

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Video shows hospital guards "dumping" patient in freezing cold

  Video shows hospital guards Imamu Baraka decided to start recording when he saw a hospital's security guards leaving a patient at a bus stop, wearing only a hospital gownThe hospital's security guards had just wheeled a patient to a bus stop, and in the freezing temperatures they left her there. The only thing she had on was a hospital gown.

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

BALTIMORE • 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.

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BALTIMORE - Imamu Baraka just started filming when he saw hospital security guards outside the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown leaving a woman in her hospital gown near a bus stop.

And he didn't stop until he had captured a shocking display of the "patient dumping" that would spark national outrage after he shared his video on Facebook.

"The reason I did that was to protect her and to protect me. No one would have believed me," Baraka said. "This video is now the voice for her, because as you see in it, she was not able to speak for herself."

There was no way he was going to let the incident go unchecked. "No, not on my watch."

As of Friday morning, his post had more than 45,000 shares.

a man wearing a suit and tie: Imamu Baraka captured the video of a woman found on the street outside of the University of Maryland Medical Center wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks.© Meredith Cohn/Baltimore Sun/TNS Imamu Baraka captured the video of a woman found on the street outside of the University of Maryland Medical Center wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks. The hospital was thrust into the national spotlight after social media erupted with outrage. The video showed security guards leaving the disoriented woman from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown on the street, dressed in just the hospital gown and socks in the 30 degree weather. It was the latest example of a practice known as "patient dumping" or "hospital dumping" in which hospital patients who are homeless, mentally ill or both are released to the streets. Other hospitals across the country have been exposed for doing the same thing.

Still no answers in case of woman found outside Baltimore hospital in gown and socks

  Still no answers in case of woman found outside Baltimore hospital in gown and socks BALTIMORE - More than a week after a woman was left outside a Baltimore hospital on a cold night wearing only a patient gown and socks, no answers have been provided about how or why the incident occurred. Officials at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown said they still are investigating why the woman was escorted out of the hospital by uniformed security personnel and left at a city bus stop after being discharged from the emergency room. Hospital administrators said in a statement that they already have started to implement changes to discharge procedures as a result of the widely publicized incident.

The man responsible for filming a viral video that showed a woman discharged from University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown wearing a hospital gown speaks to Baltimore -based WMAR RELATED: Hospital releases statement regarding patient dropped off at bus stop in hospital gown .

A passerby took video of this woman who was left outside a Baltimore hospital by staff. Imamu Baraka/Facebook. The woman had no undergarments and was wearing only hospital -issued socks and a gown open in the back.

Baraka, a psychotherapist, was leaving his office across the street from the hospital when he saw the woman.

"I felt my heart racing, and just the human-ness. 'Oh hell no, not on my watch. You just left her? Are you serious?!'

"And then, the caring and compassion person came out, because I remembered there was a woman over there who needed help at the bus stop," he said.

Baraka said that he stopped videotaping at some point to call 911 and an ambulance crew came and took the woman back into the hospital. He said he waited for two hours to make sure they didn't bring her back out to the bus stop. He said he heard her say "thank you" as she was led away.

Baraka has since spoken with the woman's mother, who contacted him after seeing the video. During the three-hour discussion, she told him her daughter was 22 years old. The woman is now safe with family and being well taken care of, he said.

The family told Baraka that the hospital had put the woman in a cab to a homeless shelter and that was where the mother found her. He declined to describe her mental or medical conditions or why her family didn't know where she was.

"She said her daughter had been missing," he said. "She did some momma bear stuff to find her after she saw the video."

On Thursday, the University of Maryland Medical Center's top executive, Dr. Mohan Suntha, apologized to the patient, saying "we take full responsibility for this failure."

Amid the rush of public interest after the video, the head of the hospital thanked Baraka for filming the video.

"OK, fix it," Baraka said.

"If you want to thank me: fix it."

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(The Baltimore Sun Sean Welsh contributed to this article.)

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