A North Carolina mother is heartbroken after her son was sent home from the hospital in a taxi for being “uncooperative” and “refusing to talk,” even though he was dying.
Deborah Washington says her son, A’ Darrin Washington, died in November 2011 after being discharged from Cumberland County Hospital.
In a lawsuit, Washington charges the hospital’s security firm, AlliedBarton Security Services, with dumping her son, who was suffering from cancer, into a taxicab and sending him home.
A’ Darrin suffered from Hodgkin’s lymphoma and had been a patient at the hospital for 10 years, according to Courthouse News Service. He had been admitted to the hospital on November 14th for pneumonia, but was given the wrong medication, causing his condition to worsen.
Doctors eventually corrected their mistake on November 21st, after having given A’Darrin the wrong medication for several days, and administered A’ Darrin with the correct medicine and prepared him for discharge that very same day.
A nurse called security because A’ Darrin was being “uncooperative.”
“(A) nurse called for security to escort Mr. Washington from his hospital bed to the lobby for discharge because Mr. Washington was allegedly ‘uncooperative’ and ‘refusing to talk or move,’” the complaint states.
“Mr. Washington was unresponsive due to the fact that he was dying,” it reads.
Even though some members of the hospital staff were worried about A’ Darrin, security still loaded him up in the taxi, buckled his seatbelt, and sent him home.
When A’ Darrin arrived home in the taxi, his family found his body “cold to the touch.”
His mother has filed a wrongful death suit alleging negligence and “negligent infliction of emotional distress,” according to the complaint.