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:   latimes.com

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.

‘ No one would have believed me .’ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. University of Maryland hospital under fire after video of patient discharged in only a gown goes viral FierceHealthcare. Man who aided disoriented patient says “she’s doing a lot better” CBS News. Full coverage.

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- Baltimore Sun, by Baltimore Sun Man who filmed Baltimore Sun Imamu Baraka talks about why he filmed the woman released from University of Maryland Medical Center Tuesday night in nothing but a medical gown and socks.

BALTIMORE — Imamu Baraka just started filming when he saw hospital security guards outside the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown leaving a PG Store. PGe. Video . Photos. The Digs.

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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.

Woman left outside in hospital gown raises questions about discharge of mentally ill, homeless

  Woman left outside in hospital gown raises questions about discharge of mentally ill, homeless BALTIMORE - A viral video showing Baltimore hospital security guards leaving a disoriented-looking patient from the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown on the street wearing only a thin hospital gown and socks is raising questions about how hospitals discharge the mentally ill and homeless. The widely shared video, posted to Facebook by Imamu Baraka, has sparked outrage on social media. Hospital officials said they are investigating the incident and that they may take personnel action.Hospital officials have not said why the woman, who was being discharged from the emergency room, was admitted to the hospital.

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

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. No one would have believed me ," Baraka said.

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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