Sunday, May 20, 2007

What has happened to this country?

This is one of the most disturbing articles I've read in a long time. Please read the whole story, but here is the short version. A 43-year old woman was brought to the emergency room at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles by LA County police complaining of severe abdominal pains. This was her third trip in two days. The other two trips resulted in essentially "take two aspirin and call me in the morning". The woman collapsed on the floor from the pain she was experiencing, yet the hospital staff ignored her. A janitor even mopped the floor all around her. The whole scene was recorded on the hospital's closed circuit camera system. Her boyfriend showed up and repeatedly tried to get the hospital staff to help her, but they ignored him. Within 90 minutes, the woman was dead from a massive infection resulting from a perforated large bowel.

What kind of country have we become that something like this could happen? This is absolutely disgusting. It would be one thing if this were an isolated occurrence, but incidents like this are becoming more common especially in LA where hospitals routinely dump indigents in the gutters. I hope this poor woman's family owns that hospital and everyone working there who ignored her after the lawyers are done with them. This is precisely why tort law is needed.

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