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Woman dies after refusing to leave the hospital

Arizona residents may be interested to learn about the death of a woman in Florida. The 57-year-old woman died after she was arrested at Calhoun Liberty Hospital on Dec. 21. Shortly before her death, the woman was being escorted out of the hospital by a police officer for trespassing and disorderly conduct.

A spokesman for the Calhoun-Liberty County chapter of the NAACP says that the organization strongly believes the woman's death was caused by hospital negligence. The deceased woman had originally visited the hospital complaining of breathing difficulties. After she was admitted for treatment, doctors thought that her condition had stabilized, and they discharged her. The woman told doctors that she was still experiencing breathing difficulties, and she refused to leave the hospital. While she was being forcibly removed by police, the woman collapsed and was readmitted to the hospital.

On Dec. 22, authorities confirmed that the woman had died. In a statement, the chief of the Blountstown Police Department said that the woman's vital signs were good when she was readmitted to the hospital. An attorney representing the woman's family has stated that hospital staff should have allowed the woman to sit at the hospital until she felt better.

A patient who is discharged from the hospital too early could be at a serious risk for injury or death. Those who have been harmed as a result of an early discharge may want to meet with a medical malpractice attorney to determine how best to seek compensation from the facility for the damages that have been incurred.

Source: Huffington Post, "Woman Dies After Being Forcibly Removed From Hospital," Joe Reedy, Dec. 23, 2015

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