Skip to comments.Woman unhappy with care at St. Mary's hospital is arrested for trespassing, dies in jail
Posted on 03/30/2012 10:54:35 AM PDT by Sopater
RICHMOND HEIGHTS Anna Brown wasn't leaving the emergency room quietly.
She yelled from a wheelchair at St. Mary's Health Center security personnel and Richmond Heights police officers that her legs hurt so badly she couldn't stand.
She had already been to two other hospitals that week in September, complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle.
This time, she refused to leave.
A police officer arrested Brown for trespassing. He wheeled her out in handcuffs after a doctor said she was healthy enough to be locked up.
Brown was 29. A mother who had lost custody of two children. Homeless. On Medicaid. And, an autopsy later revealed, dying from blood clots that started in her legs, then lodged in her lungs.
She told officers she couldn't get out of the police car, so they dragged her by her arms into the station. They left her lying on the concrete floor of a jail cell, moaning and struggling to breathe. Just 15 minutes later, a jail worker found her cold to the touch.
Officers suspected Brown was using drugs. Autopsy results showed she had no drugs in her system.
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How could she be cold to the touch after just 15 minutes?
The human body at room temperature takes something like 12 hours to equilibrate.
If you want a view into hell, check out St Louis.
1. I’d wager it was more than 15 mins.
2. If she’s laying on a cold concrete floor she would lose heat quickly.
Plus poor circulation to begin with.
Parts of St Louis are very nice. Other parts would give hell a run for its money.
I’s one of Holder’s people, so no doubt Hussein’s handlers are working all the angles to milk all the political capital they can out of this.
That doctor, the hospitals involved, and the STL city govt will be making Ms Brown’s children wealthy.
Too bad Mom had to suffer and die in such a terrible way.
Her blood wasn’t circulating right before she died. Really sad. I hope she has someone to sue everyone for her (I am not the suing type but those involved deserve it).
Funny, I read the first sentence and thought she could have blood clots. I have no medical background.
Once peripheral circulation shuts down, the skin gets cold quickly. Peripheral circulation can shut down in the dying process long before the heart stops.
The core may still be warm, but the periphery loses heat fast.
Not excusing - you never just turn someone away who had the history she did of a leg injury (sketchy though the details are in this report). I've dealt with a couple of cases where people were discharged without proper care and subsequently died of a thrombosis or embolism. I've had at least two where they died in the hospital from clots - all of them as a consequence of some lower extremity injury.
That’s what I thought too.
Another death attributable to the WOD.
That is one stupid remark.
I’m guessing you also blame Trayvon’s death as a result of the WOD?
Oh please, the ER personnel took one look at this homeless person and assumed she was seeking drugs and from that point on did not really attempt to listen to her or properly question her to make any determination beyond their first impression.
This attitude is inculcated in medical personnel due to the WOD and the fact that they will be criminally punished for over prescribing controlled substances.
The drug seeking behavior of addicts in ERs is a result of the WOD.
Laws affect behavior, tax laws, drug laws, traffic laws... they all have intended effects and unintended effects.
IMO, the unintended effects outweigh the intended effects to the point that the WOD is a net negative to the safety and happiness of the average citizen.