There are a lot of things wrong with our world today. So many things that we’ve broken. So many people suffering. So few who are willing to give their time and effort. And this news story that came out yesterday has been bothering me ever since I saw the video posted all over the web.
A 49-year old woman died last month while sitting in an emergency room waiting area for over 24 hours. The video is actually quite disturbing, so I’m not going to post it, however I can tell you this…people watched it happen and did nothing. 6 people have been fired because of the event. And the hospital (Kings County Hospital in New York) has been sued by a state agency siting the hospital as “a chamber of filth, decay, indifference and danger”.
2 questions here…and I’m curious because I have no knowledge of anything that has to do with hospitals or psychiatric wards, so work with me here…
First off…why would anyone watch someone collapse on the floor, in a hospital, whether you are on staff or just waiting around also, and not do something?
And secondly…when does a hospital get to the point that it has to be sued for “filth, decay, indifference and danger”? Are the people working there not professional caregivers? Or are they just homeless folks looking for someplace to hang out for a while? Aren’t there qualified doctors on staff who have some kind of personal pride in where they work? I’m really curious about this because it seems to me that someplace like a hospital is a sacred place. A lot like a church in that people can go there for help. A hospital should be staffed with nurses and doctors who have extensive experience and knowledge. People who have worked to get to a place where they can make a difference. It seems somewhat incredible to me that a place like Kings Co. Hospital exists today! This hospital sounds almost like the old horror film psychiatric wards of long ago…with electric chargers and torture devices!
I don’t get it. We have definately lost our way. This video and the video of the man in Hartford, CT getting hit by a car as traffic continues to roll along are proof that we are at an all-time low in our culture. America is sick and there is no where to go to get well again. Especially not at the emergency room of the Kings County Hospital! We’ve all seen what happens when you check in there!