Hospital: Mom booted from ER who died in jail was treated appropriately
Officials at a St. Louis hospital on Thursday defended their actions in the case of a homeless woman who sought treatment for a sprained ankle and died in police custody after being arrested for refusing to leave the emergency room.
I am hear there are more detailed articles regarding this event (according to the comments at the end of the article).
My question is, with all the recent stories of people having hardships due to the recession and losing their jobs and their homes, how come a social worker was advocating for this poor woman and her kids?
Yes, she should have had those kids with her mom the minute the lights and water turned off, making it unsafe for them. But, we all know (I do) how hard it is when you have been an independent, self sufficient adult to start relying on other people for your survival. She probably looked for another job and couldn't find any. In the long run, that has a way of breaking your spirit. No wonder her mind started breaking.
I guess what I am really sad about is that she died alone and in pain, and she probably had not seen her kids in a long time.
I am not blaming the ER, am blaming the system for failing this woman and her family.