How Anna Brown Died: "They THOUGHT she was an addict"

How Anna Brown Died: "They THOUGHT she was an addict"

St Louis : MO : USA | Apr 16, 2012 at 2:38 AM PDT
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Anna Brown

Six words: Anna Brown. Age 29. Medical Neglect.

A young black woman went to St. Mary's hospital emergency room for leg pain and went untreated because it was assumed that she was a drug addict.

When she refused to leave the ER, the police were called to arrest her for trespassing; and then she was dragged out, carried by her legs while still in pain, and dumped on a jail cot.

Half an hour later, the young lady was found cold dead in the cell.

There were no drugs were found in her system before or after her death. She had blood clots in her legs that raced to her lungs, more than likely dislodged by the police officer's rough handling and carrying and tossing of her on the jail cot.

People ... when is enough going to be enough of this?

It could have easily been you, or even me.

I was "diagnosed" by a person with no medical license, let alone an education, as having a "toothache" and no need to call an ambulance when I was stricken very ill as a result of other ongoing health problems. However, when I arrived at the local hospital emergency room, I was diagnosed with bacterial pneumonia ("walking pneumonia") deep in my lungs. They said I'd had it for more than three weeks. I lucked out. The doctors who treated me weren't hearing that "she's faking it" shyte. They made it their business to keep me there until they got to the bottom of it.

But back to Ms Brown.

This is a blatant result of the devaluing of a human life, particularly if that life happens to belong to a man or a woman of color. Also, she was homeless because of a major loss in her life and had to give her two children to her mother and live in the streets, which may explain the "mental health" issues. Deep depression after catastrophic loss could explain that, but those who've never gone through it wouldn't have a clue what it's like. Sometimes, it's hard not to wish the same calamity would come to them so they can figure it out. One thing is certain, Ms Brown wasn't planning on her life or her children's lives ending up this way.

They just let her lay there and die, and when they came back to check on her she was gone.

Just like that.

Something needs to be done to stop this kind of thing.

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Twenty-nine year old Anna Brown, of St Louis, MO, dies in police custody only moments after being arrested at a local hospital for "trespassing." She had blood clots in her legs that traveled to her lungs. No, every black woman who comes to a hospital in pain is not a drug addict.
greeneink is based in Denver, Colorado, United States of America, and is a Reporter on Allvoices.
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