Baltimore hospital accused of patient dumping after security guards leave woman at bus stop

Baltimore-based University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus is investigating after a video posted online shows hospital security guards leaving an apparently incapacitated woman at a bus stop wearing only a hospital gown and socks, according to The Washington Post.

The widely shared video, posted to Facebook by Imamu Baraka, shows hospital security guards leaving the patient, who appeared to be unable to speak, at a bus stop. Her personal belongings were in plastic bags on the street. Mr. Baraka, who said he was a psychotherapist and a student at the University of Maryland Medical Center Midtown Campus, noted it was 30 degrees when security left the woman outside.

A hospital spokeswoman verified the authenticity of the video and said it was filmed Tuesday.

"We share the shock and disappointment of many who have viewed the video showing the discharge of a patient from the emergency department of UMMC Midtown the night of January 9," Lisa Clough, a spokeswoman for the hospital, said in a statement to The Washington Post. "We are taking this matter very seriously, conducting a thorough review, and are evaluating the appropriate response, including the possibility of personnel action."

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