Barbara Dawson

A Florida woman died after being forcibly removed from a hospital in handcuffs when she refused to leave.

Barbara Dawson, 57, collapsed as she was being escorted out of Calhoun-Liberty Hospital by a police officer on Monday.

Dawson, of Blountstown, had gone to the hospital's emergency room complaining of shortness of breath.

An ER doctor evaluated Dawson and determined she was stable enough to be discharged home.

But Dawson refused to leave because she was still short of breath, according to Blountstown Police Department chief Mark Mallory.

A hospital spokesman said the police were called and Dawson was handcuffed and led out of the hospital.

Dawson collapsed near the emergency room entrance, and the officer removed her handcuffs and transported her back inside.

"We were told by a doctor once she got back in the hospital that her vital signs were [stable] and it was their decision to readmit her," Mallory said.

Dawson's family told WCTV she had respiratory problems and was on oxygen 24/7 at home.

Ruth Attaway, administrator and CEO of the hospital, told The Tallahassee Democrat the hospital did everything in its power to save Dawson.

The Dawson family quickly retained an attorney.

"The most reasonable thing to do is to let her sit there and be able to settle down until she felt well," said Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks. "Instead, she is forcibly removed and put in cuffs. The early facts of this case should cause a great concern for everyone."

The Calhoun-Liberty County chapter of the NAACP held an emergency meeting on Monday to discuss the case.

Dale R. Landry, who met with local leaders and the family, said he strongly believes Dawson's "death was due to negligence by the police department and hospital."

Landry, who called Dawson's death "negligent homicide," said, "if her death was wrongfully determined, then somehow, someway, there needs to be some sort of recompense to the family."

An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.

  • Mela Reign

    Wow, praying for her family. This is so sad, go to the hospital for help and die.

  • BLACK *I*C*E*

    Lawsuit time!!

  • casiepriest33

    This is beyond fuked up. Being black in amerikkka.

  • iWasteTime

    Close that hospital NOW!!!

  • SummerBaby

    This is sad indeed! RIP??

  • jussaying

    All that money we put into health insurance and we never get the care we deserve. Health Insurance in America is the new chattel service.

  • TheRealLee

    There are so many regulatory violations here, I don't know where to begin. The risk manager, administrators, and lawyers for that hospital might as well start taking Xanax, they will need it. When hospitals start throwing sick people out then the end must be really near.

  • Vonn

    I read this story earlier this morning, this is absolutely disgusting. What kind of animal would treat someone that is having respiratory difficulties with FORCE? God bless this family.

  • Yoni

    Happens all too often.

  • Yoni

    The police.......and now the hospitals too.

  • Milani

    She refused to leave because she was feeling short of breath...the hospital personnel should have at least allowed her to sit until she felt comfortable enough to leave. She had every right to complain and raise a fuss if she felt like her health was in danger. The fact that the cops were called and they cuffed her probably caused this poor woman to go into distress. This is just sad. Sad.

  • Vonn

    Absolutely. I knew this woman was black before they mentioned the NAACP because of the way she was treated.

  • LibraGirlonly

    Wow, blacks lives don't matter to some people. This is beyond a shame.

  • Yoni

    I know this is a serious/sad post.....But mama is WERK'N that red hat and shirt, honey! Rest in peace, love.

  • Buttercup

    If only they would've taken a few extra minutes to listen to her, this may have been prevented. Because they didn't, we'll never know.

  • Vonn

    The fact that she was short of breath after being discharged should have prompted them to explore her complaint further. Anyone that goes to the hospital complaining of shortness of breath is treated immediately...What happened here? Do unto others...

  • Nonya Bizness

    I want to know all about this so called Dr that released her. I thought chest pain and shortness of breath were pushed to the top of the list in the ER. Did he even to any tests on her, other than listening to her with his stethoscope? She was so young, and I don't get how her vitals were stable after she collapsed, so they decided to readmit her. Huh? I knew you couldn't refuse treatment to folks in the ER, so I guess the way around that is to look at them, say they're fine, and release them? Poor lady did what she was supposed to do, and receives this. May she RIP.

  • Too Many Colors

    God bless this lady man. And her family

  • Handle your issues

    Negligence by the police department? It doesn't appear so. But negligence by the hospital......absolutely.

  • <—Doesn'tTalkToStrangers

    Rest In Peace

  • Vonn

    I also hate that they are saying "she refused to leave." She couldn't leave because she couldn't breathe! She was probably too petrified to move. My heart goes out to her & her family.

  • Tammie Reed

    So sad!

  • Yoni

    Maybe I'm misunderstanding something here......she was "handcuffed and led out of the hospital" to go where? Be arrested and booked? Where were they going to take her after they handcuffed her? On what charge? QTNA :waiting:

  • Angela

    The drs probably saw an overweight Black woman and being the fact her vital signs were stable (so THEY say) felt her weight was the reason for her shortness of breath. Nothing serious to them. I hope her family sues the dirty draws off of the hospital and police department.

  • Milani

    She had every right to refuse to leave. If I was still short of breath, I wouldn't leave either.

  • Full Monty

    Three words, sue, sue and sue! That was totally against protocol. The least they should have done is to let her stay in triage but to call the cops on her and escort her out the hospital. The family has a major multi million dollar suit on their hands.

  • Yoni

    Can somebody tell VDot and Luvie I said hey! I've been thinking about them.

  • BLACK *I*C*E*

    Plus she used oxygen at home 24/7. Why not give her some oxygen and monitor her until she felt better. This story is wrong on sooo many levels.

  • Yoni

    So Tasha Smith's husband has been deemed a fraud because he had FIVE wives BEFORE her?

  • Vonn

    This story has me sooo pissed off. That cop should have recognized that this woman was not breathing properly. They are trained in first aid & cpr as well. The hospital is truly at fault, but that cop, I hope he/she has nightmares for the rest of his/her life for cuffing & forcibly removing this woman.

  • Angela

    That doesn't even look like a hospital. It looks like a rundown roach motel.

  • Yoni

    I hold the hospital equally/greater than responsible for this.

  • CJ413

    That's crazy!! Can't even go to the hospital without facing brute force?? Smdh!!

  • SummerBaby

    I think he's a gold digger ?

  • JerseyMom

    Condolences and Merry Christmas to her family. They are about to be paid. Sue everybody involved!!!!!

  • Vonn

    The hospital is definitely totally responsible for this atrocity. The cop(s) were a$$es & could have helped the situation.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    This is why I warn family and friends to avoid small hospitals and urgent care clinics if they have an emergency. The #1 cause of death for black patients is apathy among the staff. They just don't care about black patients. I hope they documented everything they did for Ms. Dawson. I hope they checked her blood gases, took an X-ray if she had a chronic cough, drew her blood, etc. I hope they didn't base their decision to discharge her on just her vital signs alone.

  • Yoni

    And the records will show.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It only takes a minute to check her oxygen saturation level. I hope they did that much.

  • Zettai

    If it were a white woman they would have admitted her in a heartbeat and fluffed her pillow. RIP this is bs.

  • Vonn

    He also lied about the gaggle of kids that he had & I think he said he was a preacher or something too.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She should have done her due diligence before she married him. People do more research on home and car titles than they do on men.

  • Mela Reign

    Yes it does Yoni, my God.

  • Buttercup

    What the what? She has to pay him alimony too, right?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Google the hospital and check out the pictures of the staff.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She was placed under arrest. She was being led to the patrol car when she collapsed.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Sandra you're right. they sent my 78 year old mother who was diabetic complaining of stomach pains home they did an x-ray and say they saw a little "spot" but nothing to be concerned about and sent her home no antibiotics nothing..that spot was an infection that turned septic and killed her.

  • ramosyo

    Quickly retained an attorney?? Damn was her body cold?

  • Yoni

    The marriage has been annulled. He was deemed a fraud. I hope not. But in this fvked up crazy world, she might have to and pay his future wife and their offspring. But I pray not.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    And God forbid if they think you are drug seeking.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    I'm so sorry to hear that. My condolences to you and your family.

  • Yoni

    Shiiiiddd!

  • imright

    i hope the family recieves millions ???

  • Empress

    I was in an emergency room being treated and a White patient was topless, babbling, cursing, and roaming freely in and out of other patients rooms. The staff were gently telling her to "please stay covered" and "please stay in your room" but nothing more. I was like, What the Hell?! I had to tell a nurse, "If you have a patient who is being evaluated for 51/50 you should do your evaluation and have her moved to where she can get psychiatric treatment, she is bothering me and others and her mental state is clearly disturbed. If she comes in here again I am filing a formal complaint." That's the only reason they finally moved her, ridiculous. If she was Black they probably would have kicked her out of the hospital whether she was dressed, babbling nonsense, or not. But they would not let her disturb other patients like that.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Thanks Sandra.. I lost my best life supporter to carelessness.

  • Yoni

    I know she peeped THAT before she married him. Hell you know when a nigga tryin' to hustle you, right? First sign woulda been when he asked for $0.75 to pay for that $1 sweet tea he got you from McDonald's, no?

  • Yoni

    So sorry to hear that.

  • Vonn

    The home page for the hospital says this:

    Here For You

    Calhoun Liberty Hospital and its employees are dedicated to delivering professional, courteous, and compassionate care to all of our patients. We offer a gentle hand and friendly local faces when you need it most. Here at Calhoun Liberty Hospital, we are committed to serving the community’s needs. We are here for you.

    I couldn't get past that BS.

  • shaybytheway

    The time spent calling the police could have been used to save her life. So No, the hospital did not do everything they could.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Hugs

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Prayers for her loved ones...

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    My condolences Wut. *HUG*

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    ROFL rigght!! bruh..

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're right. They treat all patients differently based on their perception of their value.

  • KayCeiSoul

    The solid truth. There is too much information out here to be got for foolishness like this. Most of his ratchetness is public information.

  • MookieFly

    A dang shame. How do you forcibly remove a patient in handcuffs who is stating that they are unwell? I'm still stick on that part. May she rest in peace

  • Yoni

    I was thinking the hood nursing home.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    Absolutely. It's astounding to me that with all the information at our fingertips in this day and age so many people choose the path of ignorance.

  • Meme81

    This is awful. I mean what inconvenience would it have been to let her sit and catch her breathe? The county hospital in our town has a horrible reputation, also in Florida. I remember when my mother was in for an appendicitis, some of the nurses were rude and refused to help her to the bathroom until I showed up. I also had to remind quite a few of them to wash their hands when they came in to check her iv and her vitals.They're being closed down soon, thank God.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    She had to be visibly in distress.

  • MookieFly

    If that had been a black person, that would have been a bullet to the dome in the name of self-defense to protect the hospital staff and it's patients

  • KayCeiSoul

    Prayers for her family. This is so sad!
    Alot of Drs/hospitals truly do not care anymore. Many of the new wave of staff lack the actual care for the field; they go to these offshore colleges and just want the easy money.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    It looks like a strip mall.

  • Yoni

    That "hospital" looks like it's staffed by rejected Vet school students, CNA's and STNA's ONLY. They check vitals, cook the food, mop the floors and make the schedule.

  • MotherOfDragons, GetOffMyENuts

    THIS is why I stay in my granny's medical business and do my best to stay all up in my mother's as well (she tries to hide or soldier through everything. You'd think a nurse would know better, smh). Barbara Dawson shouldn't even have been alone in that condition, she should have had someone with her to help her and advocate for her. May she R.I.P.

  • Meme81

    By the looks of that place, I doubt they would've known to do that much.

  • MookieFly

    I suspect that much but I'm surprised there werent more tests done for someone with respiratory problems. This is why I do not like going to the doctor alone. They will walk all over you and send you on your way before getting a full diagnosis

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    There are conflicting stories out there. One lay person is quoted saying her vital signs were "good" after she collapsed. Another lay person said her vital signs were "stable" after she collapsed. I'm sure neither was the case.

  • Meme81

    Being short of breathe is a crime, apparently *shrugs*

  • Vonn

    They had to move quickly before the hospital could try to sweep it under the rug & they could get their collective lies straight.

  • Meme81

    Yep, credit check, criminal background, heck maybe even hire a private investigator if you didn't grow up around the person.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    You're right. Many small hospitals have 1 doctor and 1 RN on call. The rest are physician's assistants, nurse practitioners, LPNs, CNAs, etc.

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Or Google. I always Google women I meet. If they are on social media, that's a red flag.

  • Yoni

    Nurse practitioners aren't so bad....They make more than an RN, right?

  • SummerBaby

    Sorry to hear that! ?

  • http://sandrarose.com SandraRose

    Yes. Nurse practitioners are RNs who took extra classes. If I go to the hospital I want to see a doctor, not another nurse with a glorified title.

  • harley_quinn2.0

    So sorry to hear that Wut. My condolences.

  • Canary Red™

    I hope they sue them for every penny they got and the doctor who discharged her!

    Praying for them family ??

  • harley_quinn2.0

    This is terrible. They work in the medical field yet they lack bedside manner. These people really need to look into another line of work. I'm thankful my mother never had to deal with that. But I had to snap on a few when my father was in and out of the hospital. Advocate for your family guys don't expect these so called medical professionals to go above and beyond. Rest in peace.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Thanks HQ Hugs

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Thanks Summer

  • Buttercup

    :phew: I know she is SEW glad she dodged that bullet.

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    HUGS MOD thanks

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    HUGS back JBA Thanks

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Thanks Yoni

  • Noirluv45

    This story is extremely upsetting to me. Having stayed in the hospital, around the clock with my mom, I've seen incompetency, lack of empathy, plain old racist attitudes towards my mom. In fact, I've seen incompetence to the point where my mom would've died had I not been by her side.

    This hospital should be ashamed of itself for not treating this poor woman who was obviously in distress, and then to make matters worse, call the police. There are so many horrible doctors out there. Many can't diagnose a condition if their lives depending on it.

    I hope this family gets so much money that they own this joint. My condolences to the family.

  • Yoni

    But I wonder how much she came up off of in alimony before it was annulled?

  • Yoni

    BOOM! #touchandagree

  • http://citygirlzen.blogspot.com/ missarewa

    I'm so saddened by this. What do these people really want? Do they want to wipe black people off the surface of the earth or what?

  • Buttercup

    Hopefully, I misremembered. Let me check.

  • Yoni

    Yes. Yes they do.

  • Yoni

    Not misremebered?! LMAO

  • Buttercup

    She was ordered to pay almost $7K per month...on top of $50K she paid him before the judge gave his order. Hopefully she can recoup her money.

  • Buttercup

    #BrianWilliamsTaughtMe

  • Sleepy One

    How were they okay with allowing her to leave and she's still out of breath. Did she have insurance? I ask because I'm wondering why they would send her home and she can barely breathe.

  • Yoni

    See he would get it bad after that. O'an me and stalker at it again. LOL I left gobs and gobs and gobs of toothpaste on his car door handle and put the rest of his toothbrushes and all the batteries to EVERYTHING in the toilet. So "happy mothers daaaaay" might change. #sleepswithoneeyeopened

  • Buttercup

    WHAT AILS YOU?!?!?!?! OMG. I can't breathe. I swear you terched. I think you need to go ahead and think of your apology for when y'all kiss and make up. These hot, salty tears though....

  • Just Keya

    *real tears* WHYYYYYYY did you do this?!!!!!!! WHHHYYYYYY

  • Just Keya

    Any gamers in here? I have a few questions. Thanks.

  • Sleepy One

    Lmao, okay

  • Yoni

    Niggas do nigga shit and welp.....It kept me from causing (REAL) damage (like the last time). #ididgoodthistime #realgood :biggrin: #proudofmyself

  • Yoni

    No makeup this time. #done

  • Sleepy One

    Omg! That is horrible, I'm so sorry about your loss.

  • Sleepy One

    They knew something wasn't right, they needed an attorney.

  • Just Keya

    *still laughing* so you threw his toothbrushes in the toilet, and the batteries to everything....does he play games? like Xbox? did you throw the cords out too? hahahhaha

  • That’s Interesting

    Nurse practitioners have an extra DEGREE...

  • Yoni

    He is a TV FEIN! I mean can't go a second without it at home. TV is his LIFE (and reality sometimes). So what better way than to wake up and not be able to brush your teeth and turn on the TV, then go outside to your car because you need toothpaste, batteries and toothbrushes, only to stick your hand in it.....#torture *rubshandslikebirdman* *smileslikethegrinch*

  • Sincerity7

    She got kicked out of the hospital. Wow! Bet her (lack of) insurance was the underlying reason.

  • THE OLDER SISTAH

    I'm so sorry to hear that Wut.

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    You're welcome.

  • rayne215

    if she was already on oxygen 24/7 that should mean shes under a care of a Dr and should have had some type of insurance, so i dont think thats an issue. The hospital was just kicking her out for the hell of it. Shame

  • rayne215

    yeah. they have a masters degree. i still think physicians assistants and Nurse practitioners are basically the same...

  • That’s Interesting

    They are. It's just slightly easier to become a PA and they have the protection of the doctor they work under.

  • stanley

    I came across Racist doctors before who basically didn't give me care, and couldn't' wait to push me back out the door. You have to complain to the hospital and file a formal complaint and don't let up! Doctors take a oath to Do no Harm! And when you come across Doctors that goes against their Oath they should have their licenses taken away. Don't turn the other cheek!! Because one day that doctor might end up killing somebody. In my situation, It wasn't life threating. Thank God. But because of my complaints, the Doctor resigned from the Hospital

  • M1AM1DADE

    Looks like all the wise guys are in big trouble.

    Staff should have kept her over night and they typically do. Since hospitals have become corporations, medical decisions are often overruled by the financial police in these institutions. The woman's family will most definitely get a big pay day out of this, but the message of this hospital's actions should be troubling to all Americans especially senior citizens and others who rely on Medicare and Medicaid.

    "The most important quality of a good physician is to listen, listen and very carefully, intently and observantly listen to the patient/s as; if not all, almost all the diagnosis is in the chief complaint/s and good history taking followed by; a good physical examination, a provisional diagnosis and differential diagnosis, appropriate tests to include and exclude important possibility, to make sure the patient is comfortable and most importantly give benefit of doubt to err on the side of the patient till the definite diagnosis is made and patient substantively improves." A quotation of Dr. Singh

  • Auditor

    Medicare and Medicaid are the lowest on the totem pole...there's a reason why you need secondary insurance with medicare. Second this lady isn't a senior citizen and can't qualify for Medicare anyway, medicaid yes if poor enough or medicare if she's been disabled for a quick minute and worked long enough.

    But yup I agree with everything said BUT you have to remember medicine IS a business. We could go full on socialist but enough people would have to pay into the system for it to work. A Dr is no different than a Walgreen's....they want to make a profit too.

  • Auditor

    Yup cause we're the originals!

  • Auditor

    Racism may play a part but there are a whole bunch of other issues too...what type of insurance did you have, were you mean/demanding, are they understaffed, what's the quality of the hospital? Too many variables to count sadly. My sis tells me all the time they can't get anyone to work and me coming from the insurance side....healthcare is a huge mess...I would never work in the healthcare field.

  • Auditor

    Agreed...you have to advocate for your own.

  • Auditor

    Truth...I hate that I live far away from my parents and sister cause if something went down....I'd be devastated.

  • Auditor

    Nope I don't f*ck with NPs...PAs maybe as they actually did a residency. A NP can become one online. I had a NP misdiagnose me on something so simple...never again.

  • Auditor

    I don't even wanna know how it REALLY went down....scary

  • Auditor

    Eh some people just have no clue and don't take responsibility for their health. They have no idea what meds their own, what drs they've been seeing etc etc, so I could see the other side of the issue. Cause I've been there and done that and man the sh*t I've seen and heard. I can excuse you if you're old or developmentally disabled BUT if someone comes in saying they can't breathe then AT LEAST check their lungs and a possible breathing treatment.

  • TheRealLee

    If you really think about it, the lawsuit just wrote itself. I hope they don't alter the medical records retroactively and dig a deeper hole for themselves. Calling the police was an over reach. Why not call her family if they felt they exhausted all care for her. They should have a procedure for unruly patients (in general), where security is called, then police if things escalate. It seems they jumped to step Z right off the bat. The malicious tone in this whole thing is off the chain. My stomach hurts just reading about this.

  • Auditor

    Pretty much...wonder if they have a video?

  • Auditor

    Damn...sorry for your loss.

  • Auditor

    Exactly

  • Sexy CJ

    *************

  • let the truth be known

    They treat an animal better then they treat us. My blood pressure just shot up. So angry right now!!

  • Wolfperm

    Unfortunately the hospital staff never believed that she was suffering from anything serious in the first place.. that's why she was discharged. Probably just assumed that she was a hypochondriac.. wanted attention/drugs instead of identifying and treating her according to her medical emergency. Sad.

  • kgirl33

    This happened to my sister a couple years ago. She went to the emergency room complaining of blurred vision, dizziness and was incoherent among other things. They didn't admit her and she passed out waiting. She had been a couple times before for pain from an accident she had prior, so I guess they assumed she wanted pain medication. Come to find out she was having a major stroke. She fell into a coma and died 2 months later.

  • Auditor

    Omg I'm sorry for your loss. It's always a catch 22...the bad ones ruin it for the good ones.

  • Auditor

    Yup the bad ones ruin it for the good ones

  • Auditor

    Truth!

  • Heat2Hot

    Benjamin and Daryl are right to file suit. This lady died of a lung clot. She went to the hospital in an ambulance because she had stomach pain. Where are the x-rays or mri's? Did they just give her some pepto bismal and release her? This is horrible!

  • Noirluv45

    Practicing sh*tty medicine has nothing to do with what the patient or what the family does. My mother had Kaiser, and they are known for following protocol to the tee. No we were not mean, but we were demanding, and one has to be in this day and age when medical providers are not doing their job. Being that my family member is a doctor and was the one who handled the medical issues relating to my mother, she knew how to deal with them and their system. Yes, many times they were understaffed. It's normal to have one or two doctors in the emergency department. It's ridiculous because there are so many emergencies at one time. How can one doctor take care of all those emergencies. It's horrible. You are so right about healthcare being a mess! When administrators started practicing medicine without a license, it was inevitable that medical would go to an all-time low. It's a shame that they can't get anyone to work. What in the world is going on? There are so many people out of work, and some who are just lazy, but want a paycheck. Unbelievable! I'm with you, AuditDOD, I wouldn't work in healthcare either. Even my sister hates it.

  • Auditor

    Sadly it does have to do with what the patient/family does SOMETIMES...medical providers are human too with their biases. The patient and/or the family act crazy they could give two sh*ts about you. The second issue is money. You come in there with raggedy insurance (Medicaid/medicare and even private)....insurance that barely pays or covers anything then you already know the drill. My sis hasn't even been in the healthcare field that long and wants to get out of direct patient care. She'd rather be behind the scenes. I hear the horror stories from her and as someone who dealt with insurance companies and the stunts they pull, it's wise to stay out of drs offices and the hospital PERIOD.

  • iyonah

    Wow, she knew her body and that something was wrong, people can be so inhumane in the hospital setting. Peace and power to her family.

  • kgirl33

    Thank you and so true.

  • Noirluv45

    Now that I think about it, AuditDOD, you're right. As far as my family, we didn't act crazy until they started mistreating my mother. Healthcare disparities are real. It would take me a year to tell you the HORRIBLE things they did to my mom. The only time we went off, and rightfully so, was when they mistreated her or refused to listen to our concerns. "it's wise to stay out of drs offices and the hospital PERIOD." YES!!!! I can vouch for that! I don't blame your sister one bit. My sister has been a doctor for over 25 years and is sickened with the direction of medical care.

  • 1/8

    I have worked in a hospital for nearly twenty years. You'd be surprised at how churlish and obnoxious some patients are.

    I have a feeling Ms. Dawson showed her @$$ and security showed her the door. I refuse to believe Dawson was kicked out of the hospital without provocation. Hopefully, there's video and eyewitnesses to support the facility's decision to remove her from the hospital.

    Usually, when patients act a fool in the ER, it's because they are hooked on pain meds and can't get a refill.

  • B.H.

    they sex their animals too so that may be why they gets treated better than any black person in america

  • DopeRhymesYo

    Pay up

  • Phillybruh

    She died of a blood clot in her lung, which if the proper test were performed could have been detected. But since they said she was fine she rightfully said I f&^Cking disagree now run more test. Now the hospital is going to pay dearly for not simply listning to a patient when they tell you they aren't fine!!!

  • the guest

    Sad and infuriating. It hurts to read this and feel helpless to make any difference. The hospital staff and police are responsible for her death. They killed her because of their racism and prejudices and that includes the black staff and officers too if there were any.

    Legalities aside, what the fk ever happened to common fking courtesy? You see an elder woman suffering and can't even offer her to sit for a while and a cup of water? You don't even need a medical degree or badge to practice common decency. That hospital is an evil place.

  • parisjok dean

    so much wrong on so many levels but all to often I just c to many many older adults in these type of situations all by themselves. why did she not have a family member with her

  • 1/8

    Patients deserve the best care possible, but they are not allowed to disrupt a medical facility with their unruly behavior; that's why we employ security officers.

    Furthermore, this wasn't the first time Ms. Dawson acted a fool in the ER. She had a history of showing up and showing out.

    Besides, she was nearly 300 lbs, had a horrible diet, and lived a sedentary lifestyle. She was a walking time bomb.

  • Auditor

    Yes...try to eat right, exercise, keep your bowels open, and DESTRESS on the daily. I hear you...I've been there and done that with my grandma and me having my own issues one year. Props to your sister for becoming a doctor and a light for Black folks. Stay blessed and Merry Christmas!

  • http://batman-news.com Roderick2011

    It looks as if she suffocated under all of that titty meat.

  • Auditor

    Wrong

  • Auditor

    I agree...been there done that at the VA hospital...but sometimes you can't help acting a fool when you're in pain. And when you know damn well something ain't right and the drs tell you it's all in your head.

  • Auditor

    Dead

  • Wuts got Petty Davis Eyes..

    Thanks Audit

  • Auditor

    That happened to my dad... Dr messed his foot up then fled back to his country.

  • 1/8

    According to what I read, that wasn't the first time hospital staff called the cops on Ms. Dawson. Maybe this is a case of the patient that cried wolf.

    Once, I took a family member to the hospital for leg pains. The ER nurse stated it was probably muscle spasms and prescribed muscle relaxers.

    I calmly explained there was a history of blood clots, in addition to the patient's age and sedentary lifestyle. Based on that information, they admitted the patient and ran more test.

    I realize medical professionals should be trained to listen for medical clues, no matter how offensive the patient is, but a belligerent, 300 pound woman complaining about a tummy ache is easily dismissed.

    A lot people aren't aware of this, but when a hospital performs a medical procedure or test, it has to be medically necessary or the insurance company will not reimburse them. That means the patient's symptoms, risk factors or medical history should justify the services. If not, they will not be reimbursed.

    Now, in all honesty, if a 300 pound woman presented herself to ME with stomach pains, I would err on the side of caution, because the signs of a heart in women can include symptoms like back and stomach pains.

  • 1/8

    Now, if I said that, the villagers would be at my door with their torches in hand!

  • 1/8

    The only issue I have with this story is, they allegedly took Ms. Brown's oxygen tank and refused to return it.

    If that's true, a very clever lawyer with the right medical professional's testimony, could create a problem for the hospital.

  • Auditor

    I wigged out when my friend in Atl got a security job at the hospital and he told me he wears a bullet proof vest and has a tazer. But I shouldn't have been surprised as the police has a post at the VA hospitals

  • morenYAHdelsur

    This is AWFUL! ?

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    They killed her. Period

  • Star

    If you can't do anything else for the lady at least you could have provided her comfort she probably felt comfortable there at the moment but you stripped her from that. Where is the compassion for People/ Patients anymore where is the love for your job which is to provide care? The Police removed her out sounds like this went to far.

  • Auditor

    This is from NBC...

    "While we can't speak about her condition, we can generally address this medical condition. A pulmonary embolism is often immediate and fatal. It is difficult to detect and can be impossible to treat."

    They said they also have audio of what went down with the police and will be released in "due time".

    The lady was a ticking time bomb but there was no reason to call the police from what I read. I'll wait for the video to see if the arrest was warranted as some patients are dangerous let alone their family members.

  • Auditor

    Yup there was nothing they could of done. But they said a clot in the lung is hard to detect.

  • Auditor

    Naw she had a clot in her lung. There was nothing they could have done sadly. She got mistreated while dying.

  • Auditor

    A blood clot in the lung is hard to detect and instantly fatal.

  • barbeez

    White people really hate us. Handcuff a sickly woman...basically killed her. Disgusting.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    DVT can be treated. I've worked quality management for years, and unfortunately I personally spend countless hours in hospital as a patient; fournately I am not treated like a rabid dogs. She went there breathing. Serious medical are always difficult and CAn be hard to treat with incompetent and racist medical "team"

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    There were no heroics or anything g performed to do anything g but let her die in inhumane manner.

  • Auditor

    I've been a patient too in a few different cities. Worked in a VA hospital too. Dealt with insurance too.

    Like I said before to someone else it's not always about racism...sometimes it's how you act, the type of hospital you're in, whether the hospital is short staffed, and what type of insurance you have...among other variables. The situation with healthcare is seriously f*cked up. Props to those who work in it cause I could never.

  • Auditor

    I dunno what they could have done. I've been in the hospital twice for asthma and they didn't do anything but give me a breathing treatment and give me a prescription for an inhaler.

    When I first moved to Boston I coughed up blood once and they sent me to a pulmonary Dr. He didn't do ish either but tell me it was a busted blood vessel due to the cold. Luckily there was nothing wrong cause I'm still here years later.

    BUT being an older overweight woman they could of at least sent her for a cat scan.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    Exactly. The last time I complained of pain on my side and leg
    The immediatelyrics did ultrasound and cats can for blood clots. Had a friend that complained of leg pain and sire enough it was a blood clot. The were in surgery within hours.

  • Auditor

    Oh I had the same for me too. They did an ultrasound on my leg.

  • Justlooking2SayIT

    This is what I saying. Medical male pratice suit....shut hospital down. There were negligent. A shame

  • Auditor

    Yea it's just bad all the way around

  • Phillybruh

    Speaking as someone who works for an insurance company, Medical necessity only comes into play when and if they are admitted. As long is it is within the onset of symptoms window which is 72 hrs for most insurance companies. Well her family won't be so easily dismissed. A claim lives or dies based on set of symptoms. I don't think you know what medically necessary as it relates to medical claims mean.

  • Nonya Bizness

    I'm sure it is hard to detect when you rush the woman out of the ER, and won't even let her sit and catch her breath in the waiting room. Didn't Tamar get released being told she had Pneumonia, went back and found out it was blood clots? Is there some sort of test(ultrasound or something) to test for clots? I understand the victim was overweight, but for the Coroner to say she died from a blood clot from being "excessively overweight" may be true, but it doesn't negate the fact that she went there for treatment and didn't receive it. I don't think the ER did enough to TRY and help her. I don't think they cared.She may have already had a ticket to meet her maker, but imo all that goes out the window based on how she was manhandled, and not medically treated.I think she would know better than the people that didn't treat her if she was having difficulty breathing, and she shouldn't have been released without that condition being helped.

  • Auditor

    Let's do the research...

    Physical examination will concentrate initially on the heart and lungs, since chest pain and shortness of breath may also be the major complaints for heart attack, pneumonia, pneumothorax (collapsed lung), dissection of an aortic aneurysm, among other conditions.

    With pulmonary embolism, the chest examination is often normal, but if there is some associated inflammation on the surface of the lung (the pleura), a rub may be heard (pleura inflammation may cause friction which can be heard with a stethoscope). The surfaces of the lung and the inside of the chest wall are covered by a membrane (the pleura) that is full of nerve endings. When the pleura becomes inflamed, as can occur in pulmonary embolus, a sharp pain can result that is worsened by breathing, so-called pleurisy or pleuritic chest pain.

    The physical examination may include examining an extremity, looking for signs of a DVT, including warmth, redness, tenderness, and swelling.

    It is important to note, however, that the signs associated with deep vein thrombosis may be completely absent even in the presence of a clot. Again, risk factors for clotting must be taken into consideration when making an assessment.

    Blood clots in the chest are hard to find. If she was complaining about leg pain they could have done an ultrasound as I've had one before to detect DVT. I'm guessing her vitals were alright before she was arrested. And if she was acting a fool of course the police would be called. I worked at a VA hospital and the police stayed in our office due to crazy ass patients. We got threatened with bodily harm on the daily.

  • fluffi3

    how tragic & so unnecessary. This makes me WONDER "if" blacks receive the best POSSIBLE care as their white counterparts do . . . . too often we are subject to sub-par care while they move heaven & earth to do all they can for whites. . . .

  • Legacy

    It does!

  • SoChlo

    This happens all the time. After my husband had a seizure I asked if he could lay there for a few minutes before we left and they said no. He was sitting out on the curb dazed and confused while I brought the car around. A few minutes later he had another seizure and we were back in the ER. I don't know who to blame.

  • ?Patty Kakes?

    Blam the hospitals. Sorry that happened to your husband. So many people die that way. The nurses And doctors all seem like they are in a rush. That's why they miss so much and people die.

  • Divame

    I bet she was loud, belligerent and just trying to get a new oxygen prescription.