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Woman Dies On Waiting Room Floor

By Wyatt Earp | July 2, 2008

This is a truly horrible story.

NEW YORK (CNN) — A 49-year-old woman collapsed and died on the floor of a waiting room at a Brooklyn psychiatric hospital and lay there for more than an hour as employees ignored her, according to the New York Civil Liberties Union, which on Tuesday released surveillance camera video of the incident.

Esmin Green was involuntarily admitted to the psychiatric emergency department of Kings County Hospital Center on June 18 for what the hospital describes as “agitation and psychosis.”

Upon her admission, Green waited nearly 24 hours for treatment, said the civil liberties union, which was among the groups filing suit against the facility last year seeking improved conditions for patients.

The surveillance camera video shows the woman rolling off a waiting room chair, landing face-down on the floor and convulsing. Her collapse came at 5:32 a.m. June 19, the NYCLU said, and she stopped moving at 6:07 a.m. During that time, the organization said, workers at the hospital ignored her.

At 6:35 a.m., the tape shows a hospital employee approaching and nudging Green with her foot, the group said. Help was summoned three minutes later. (H/TCNN)

Normally, I am not for suing people, but Green’s family should sue this hospital back to The Stone Age.

Kings County Hospital Center: Our patients are dying to get inside.

Okay, I’m going to Hell.

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8 Responses to “Woman Dies On Waiting Room Floor”

  1. Firefox Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 5:58 am

    That’s just about the worst I’ve seen in a long time.
    What in the heck were they thinking? *sigh*

  2. Maggie Mama Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 7:41 am

    Seems like that “hospital” already is in the Stone Age!

  3. Insolublog Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 8:56 am

    Of course it is a public hospital. Suing them would be suing the already burdened NY taxpayers.

    The hospital mission statement:

    The mission of the psychiatric hospital is to provide competent compassionate psychiatric care to people with serious mental illness with a purpose of reintegrating them to the community.

    Their right on target, except for the competent and compassionate part.

  4. USA_Admiral Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 9:10 am

    You are not going to hell, The people that neglected that patient will.


    This will be a common event with socialized medicine.

  5. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    Firefox – They probably thought she was just acting out due to her illness.

    Maggie Mama – No, the cavemen would have helped her.

    Insol – And the “reintegrating them into the community” part.

    Admiral – No, I’m going. Just maybe not for this.

  6. -->Doghouse --> Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    And since when did “care” mean nudging someone with your shoe?

  7. RT Says:
    July 2nd, 2008 at 1:07 pm

    I saw this on the news last night and was just dumbfounded. There was even a guy sitting in the waiting room, off to the left of where she collapsed.

    Also, how do not go and check on someone who is sprawled out LIFELESS on the floor!?!?!?!?


  8. Wyatt Earp Says:
    July 3rd, 2008 at 12:53 am

    Doghouse – Kings County Hospital: When you care enough to kick the very best.

    RT – The guy couldn’t care. It’s like when we respond to shootings. Never any witnesses, even when it happens in broad daylight. Apathy abounds.