Here’s a story that makes me wonder if Los Angeles has become a third world country:
Last week, Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, died in the waiting room of the ER at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital after being ignored by hospital staff.
And that’s not the worst part.
She had been admitted the previous morning after complaining of abdominal pain.
Physicians there prescribed pain medication and released her that night, but relatives said Rodriguez was in so much pain that, instead of leaving, she and her boyfriend stayed on the benches in front of the hospital.
Her boyfriend, Jose Prado, went to get something to eat; when he returned an hour later, he found Rodriguez on the floor in the emergency room lobby in obvious pain. She said something inside her had popped.
Prado tried to get help, but the hospital staff was unresponsive… so he called 911 from a payphone. When 911 said there was nothing they could do, he tried to get hospital security to help… and here’s where things get even more screwed up:
Instead of going to Rodriguez’s aid, police ran her name through their computers. When an outstanding arrest warrant for a parole violation came up, they took her into custody, Prado said.
Police put her in a wheelchair so they could put her in a squad car to the police station for booking, she lost conciousness. Finally hospital personell responded, but were unable to resucitate her.
After having been to some of the better E.R.s in Los Angeles, this story doesn’t really surprise me.
…Read the full story by Charles Ornstein at the L.A. Times…