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Editor: Katharine Van Tassel
Creighton University School of Law

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Emergency Room Malfunction - Again

Wasn't fairly recently that we read about person dying in the emergency room after she fell to the floor and displayed symptoms of severe distress.  It seemed too terrible to repeat - but yet today we read about an emergency room full of people who ignore the plight of a very ill individual.  This time it is the Kings County Hospital in New York.  The Associated Press report is here and contains the video of the woman falling off her chair and everyone -  fellow patients, hospital security, nurses, and doctors, ignoring her as she convulses on the floor.  She had been waiting for 24-hours.  Truly terrible.

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