After surveillance video (photo, from abcnews.go.com) showed staff ignoring the plight of a 49-year-old woman who lay dying on the floor of a hospital emergency room, after waiting for assistnace in the wheelchair for 24 hours.
On Tuesday, after the airing footage showed that the staff apparently did nothing for an hour after she fell, the hospital’s officials’ pledged to improve healthcare made in court.
After waiting for nearly 24 hours in the emergency room of the King County Hospital in Brooklyn, Esmin Green toppled from her seat at 5:32 am on June 19, and fell face down on the floor.
When someone on the medical staff, called by a person in the waiting room, finally approached and nudged Ms Green with her foot, it was 6:35 and she was dead.
Though her prone body appeared to have been noticed at least three times by security guards and a member of the hospital’s staff, no one made a visible attempt to see if she needed any help.
One guard, did not leave his chair, he just rolled it around a corner to stare at the body, then rolled away a few moments later.
Other patients, waiting nearby did not react either, showed the video footage.
The hospital is run by the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, which said that six people have been fired, including security personnel and members of the medical staff.
In a statement, the corporation’s president, Alan Aviles, said that officials will carry out “a thorough investigation to answer any questions that remain”.
Complaints by advocates for the mentally ill had already been directed at the psychiatric unit at the hospital.