An investigation is underway after a Baltimore hospital was featured in a Facebook video posted online (see post below). The video showed an incapacitated woman, who was left outside on the sidewalk, wearing nothing but a hospital gown. The footage was reportedly recorded on January 9, when the weather was an inhospitable 30°.
According to reports, a man, later identified as Imamu Baraka, said he was a psychotherapist and a student at the University of Maryland Medical Center, Midtown campus. On Wednesday, Baraka posted a video of the woman being hustled out of the hospital. Hospital staff apparently carried the woman out of the medical facility and left her at a bus stop with her possessions.
The woman appeared to have a wound on her forehead, and in the video, she appears to say, “Please, help me!”
Baraka can be heard asking the medical staff, “So y’all are just going to leave this lady out here with no clothes on? That is not okay.”
According to the Washington Post, a staff member appears to have answered him, saying “she was medically cleared.“
The video has been verified by the hospital, who said it was authentic, and agreed that it had been filmed at the hospital on Tuesday.
“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,” said Lisa Clough, a hospital spokeswoman.
“This unfortunate event is not representative of our patient-centered mission,” Clough continued. “While there are many circumstances of this patient’s case that we cannot address publicly, in the end we clearly failed to fulfill our mission with this patient, no matter the circumstances of her case or the quality of the clinical care we provided in the hospital (which is not depicted in the video). We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action.”
On Facebook, Baraka wrote:
“Is this what healthcare in Baltimore City has come to? You can do better. You must do better. I just witnessed this with my own eyes. I had no choice but to give this young lady a voice in this moment. University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus (UMMC) as a Doctor of Healthcare Administration (DHA) student — may I remind you of the importance of the VISION of your MEDICAL CENTER: “UMMC will be known for providing high value and compassionate care, improving health in Maryland and beyond, educating future health care leaders and discovering innovative ways to advance medicine worldwide.” You can do better. You must do better.”
Baraka shares three videos of the incident in his Facebook post. The video on the left is the initial incident when the woman was left outside by the hospital workers, and the other two are follow-ups. WATCH BELOW.