Woman Falls Facefirst in Hospital and Goes Unhelped and Dies

July 1, 2008


A video released Monday by lawyers suing Kings County Hospital shows a woman dying on the floor of a psychiatric emergency room while people nearby ignore her.

The lawsuit alleges neglect and abuse of mental health patients at the facility. The video shows the 49-year-old woman keeling over and falling out out of her chair on June 19. She lies facedown, thrashes about, and goes unattended for an hour before someone even realized was had happened and helped.

The agency that runs the municipal hospital, the city’s Health and Hospitals Corp., fired several staffers as a result.

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