Richmond Heights, MO
Anna Brown was just beginning to make progress. Several months back, her children were taken away from her because her home was disheveled, and she needed medical treatment for depression.
Her children were taken to stay with her mother and in the interum, Anna sought refuge at several homeless shelters. Her family said she was thriving at the St. Louis Empowerment Center and was determined to get her life together.
Then why is she dead! Several weeks back, Anna’s leg began to throb and she went to the emergency room to find out what was wrong. They sent her away, she went twice more begging for help and was again turned away. Finally on the third attempt to receive medical treatment, she refused to leave, she had enough pain and wanted to find out why her foot was swollen and she was unable to walk.
She was arrested for refusal to leave the hospital, she was at this point screaming. The hospital was convinced she wanted nothing but drugs, so they sent for security. At this point, Anna, mother of two children was screaming for help when a physician told the police she was fit for incarceration. She tried desperately to appeal to them all by telling them she could not walk, instead of looking deeper into the problem in which there were symptoms that perhaps something was wrong, they sent her to jail from the hospital.
At the police station, and at this point, she could not walk, she was in too much pain, so the police dragged Anna to a cold concrete jail cell where they left her on the floor. She died 15 minutes later.
Her family is outraged and wants answers, and to tell you the truth so do I. Anna Brown was homeless, destitute, and needed help. The hospital’s main concern was getting rid of a homeless person to the extent that they sent her off to die in a jail cell. She was only 29 years old, and that dream she had would never come to pass.
Her family is of course, outraged and is seeking justice, but I look at the bigger picture. Just how many Anna Brown’s are there in our society, and how many die because they cannot seek medical treatment for conditions which are deadly. This was a tragedy, this woman should not have died, in fact, her life was looking up. The hospital showed no mercy.
Anna Brown’s relatives will have to explain to her children that their mother is not coming home, Anna Brown will never fulfill her dream of pulling her family together, she is just another homeless person and written off and deemed unworthy.
Her name was Anna Brown, she was a person, a human being, she deserved better than what was dished out to her in her final hours. She deserved like any other to die a dignified death, but instead she was the victim of smug doctors who I do hope lose what they have worked for all these years to become a doctor. They don’t deserve to be doctors, they failed their oath and because of them, others were affected and hurt.
Anna Brown, just another John Doe