Why did no one help?

July 1, 2008 8:04:21 AM PDT
Video from a surveillance camera at a Brooklyn hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency-room while staffers initially ignore her. The video was released by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital alleging neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the medical facility.

The video shows the 49-year-old woman keeling out of her chair at 5:32 a.m. and lying facedown on the floor, then thrashing, before going still. An hour passed before a fellow patient gets the attention of a staffer.

The agency that runs the municipal hospital - the city's Health and Hospitals Corp. - fired six staffers, including the security guards.


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