A mother of two and a homeless woman had been kicked out from the emergency room of a hospital before she died in a jail cell.
Life can be pretty tough on a few, and it seems that Anna Brown was one of those people. Anna Brown, a mother of two and a homeless woman, was kicked out from the emergency room of a St. Louise hospital on Thursday. She was seeking treatment for a sprained ankle, but instead of getting that, she died in police custody after being arrested for refusing to leave the ER.
After her death was reported, there was a major outcry against her manhandling and the hospital, where she went, also released a statement saying that its staff followed medical guidelines and performed appropriate tests, acknowledging the "outrage being expressed in this tragic event."
“Unfortunately, even with appropriate testing using sophisticated technology, blood clots can still be undetected in a small number of cases,” according to a statement released by St. Mary's Health Center on Thursday. “The sad reality is that emergency departments across the country are often a place of last resort for many people in our society who suffer from complex social problems that become medical issues when they are not addressed. It is unfortunate that it takes a tragic event like this to call attention to a crisis in our midst.”
After this accident, Anna Brown's body was taken for an autopsy and the results determined that her death in a jail cell was caused by blood clots forming in her legs and migrating to her lungs.
A video footage of Anna Brown's last moments is also available online. In the video, she is seen being carried by officers into a jail cell. The cell door then closes and Anna Brown is heard moaning and crying for help.
According to reports, Anna Brown had been experiencing pain in her legs and had went to three hospitals complaining of the problem. Her last visit to St. Mary's ended up in her being wheeled out in handcuffs after a doctor said that she was healthy enough to be locked up. Anna Brown's only crime was that she refused to leave the ER until the time that she got proper treatment for her problem.
Since her death, investigations have been going on regarding her past and it was discovered that she was living a miserable life in poverty. Even her two children had been taken away from her because she could not provide for them or give them a good life.