I am appalled at the careless disregard for human life and suffering
exhibited by staff members of King-Harbor Hospital in L.A. The entire
emergency staff should have their licenses suspended or revoked and the
chief nurses and physicians on call charged with criminal negligence.
Why such ire, you ask?
A 43-year old mother of three dies after being ignored by the ER staff
for 45 minutes. She lay on the floor “writhing in pain” and vomiting
blood. Two 911 calls fail to bring asisstance. In the end she dies,
collapsing in the arms of two police officers escorting her out on a
“possible parole violation.” The coroner rules her death an “accident”
resulting from a perforated bowel.
Experts say she would have lived had she received timely medical
How then can her death not be a case of gross criminal negligence?
Also offensive is the fact that this is not an isolated incident at this
hospital. In 2003 a 20 year old man dies in the ER of “crippling
stomach pains” after 10 hours being ignored. (Reported in same article
above) and this Feburary, a man with a brian tumor waited 4 days in the
ER when he had to be transfered to a different hospital for his “life
The feds have declared patients of that ER in “immediate danger” and
have given the hospital 23 days to shape up (reform procedures) or lose
federal funding. However, this is the 4th such warning in 4 years.
Obviously something in this hospital is seriously wrong, and such a
PATTERN of disregard requires more than reorginization and restructuring
Put the whole staff on probation! They need to be reminded that
medicine is not about the money or the prestige but about the care of
human life. Its doctors and nurses like these that cause health care to
be so expensive, just like all those “frivolous” malpractice suits.
I really, really, really want to know why those people let that woman
die. What kind of people are these?