Mother Says Hospital Security Sent Dead Son Home in Taxi For “Refusing to Talk”

A North Carolina mother is heartbroken after her son was sent home from the hospital in a taxi for beingtaxi “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.

9 comments
sharonlee57
sharonlee57

keynala1 I agree with you on some points. However, the story is not completely clear (surprise, surprise). I did not see how old the man was, he had cancer for 10 yrs at least, so I'd assume he was older than a child, teen. Why doctors would discover a serious med error, that made him sicker, correct their error, and the discharge him the same day, doesn't make sense. As for his mother, if he was an adult she probably would not be at his bedside 24/7. Makes ya wonder does't it? I mean it could be anyone.

chocolatel_lover
chocolatel_lover

sue the shit out of them they had no business discharging him like that why didn't they call his mother that's some bullshit the hospital and the security company ashamed the mother she probably was there and had to go its not her fault didn't have anything to do with this this damm they just treat ppl any kind of way

keynala1
keynala1

Yes it sad but mother should take some blame to cause I would've been with my child the whole time,while she home he's at the hosptial been discharge in a cab smdh

vgilliam
vgilliam

THIS IS THE SICKEST SH- - I HAVE EVER READ.HOPE FAMILY HIT THEM IN THERE WALLET.....

KieshaPinkyMakins
KieshaPinkyMakins

Omg this is Fd up I hope they Sue the F outa that Hospital....

sharonlee57
sharonlee57

As a former nurse I've seen and done things that would make most people lose their lunch. But, I loved doing my job. We are TAUGHT in nursing school to treat all our patients equally, regardless of race, religion, social status, finances. It is hard to believe the staff could not recognize this young man was dying! There are basic things to look for and check. HOPE THEY ALL get sued and lose. Also, lose their priviledge to practice, cuz they obviously don't appreciate it for what it is, a priviledge.

JoanneJohnson
JoanneJohnson

I SORRY FOR THE MOTHER..SOME HOSPITAL STAFF JUST DONT CARE. AND THEY ARE THE ONE'S WHO IS THERE TO HELP US... YEAH RIGHT....GOD BLESS THE FAMILY......


michelle pinkney
michelle pinkney

@Watchful  that sounds like the sorry hospital hear in sumter sc called tuomey hospital they would that mess in a heart beat people just don't care anymore.