Friday, July 18, 2008

Victims Lie in street, on hospital floor - no one helps - Why? - Videos

Esmin Green, the 49-year-old Jamaican immigrant who died on the floor of the ER waiting room in the Kings County Hospital in Brooklyn, New York, officially died from a blood clot in her lungs according to recent reports released by the New York City medical examiner.

A security video shown around the world (see original video) showed both hospital personnel and patients ignoring Green’s plight as she writhed on the floor unattended. No one bothered to help her in any way--not even to call for help--until it was too late.

The following video is a report about how Green's death has affected her family:

Green’s family stated that they intend to file a $25 million lawsuit over Green’s treatment in the hospital, and the family also called for criminal charges against hospital personnel who ignored Green while she died on the hospital floor.

Although a blood clot was the medical cause of death, our society’s sick value system is the real culprit here. When did we become so egocentric that we stopped caring about absolutely no one but ourselves?

Many of us were raised to live by the Golden Rule: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” I know I would have summoned help for Esmin because I have been involved in somewhat similar circumstances and I did exactly that--I called for help. But how many of the rest of us would not have done so?

If Esmin Green had collapsed in the street instead of the ER, would we all merely walk around her and continue on our way, doing nothing to help her? Apparently so because that is essentially what all of those in the ER did when they ignored Esmin dying on the floor.

The following video is a report on Esmin Green's cause of death:

A similar incident recently occurred when a hit and run driver ran down 78-year-old Angel Torres in the streets of Hartford, Connecticut. Mr. Torres lay in the street bleeding and severely injured yet no one came to his aide.

At least ten vehicles drove past or around his wounded body, but none stopped. Countless pedestrians walked by, stopped, stared or pointed, but, again, none came to his aide.

This video shows graphic content that may be offensive to some. It depicts Angel Torres while he is struck by a hit-and-run driver:

No one blockaded traffic to prevent other vehicles from injuring him further as he lay in the roadway. Contrary to the report on the video, there were some calls to 911 to report the accident however.

Hartford, Connecticut, police chief, Daryl Roberts, is quoted in the video as saying, “Our moral values have now changed. We have no regard for each other.”

Hopefully, he is wrong. Hopefully, it has not truly come to that.

Remember Wesley Autrey? He is the New York City construction worker who risked his own life when he lept onto the train tracks of the New York City subway to save the life of Cameron Hollopeter, who had fallen onto the tracks because of a seizure.

Autrey pinned Hollopeter down on the tracks while a train ran above traveling a mere two inches from Autrey’s back and head. Without those two inches to spare, Autrey would surely have lost his life that day.

Instead, he became a world acclaimed hero. Said Autrey, "It ain't about being a hero, it was just being there and helping the next person. That's all I did."

Wesley Autrey risks his life to save Cameron Hollopeter, but dozens of others cannot be bothered to comfort or to summon help for Esmin Green and Angel Torres.

50-year-old Wesley Autrey said, "I just tried to do the right thing." Yes, there still are heroes out there, but we sure could use a few more of them

At Esmin Green’s funeral ceremony the Jamaican counsul general characterized the manner in which she died when he said, “She was disregarded, disrespected and discarded.”

We can do better than that if each of us vows to make a difference just once in our life - just once. Let’s make a vow not to discard any more Esmin Greens.

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Contact/Interviews: Lauren Tenney, Psychiatric Survivor
phone: (516) 319-4295

Who: Esmin Green who was murdered-by-neglect at the Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Room, All People.
What: Demonstrations, Speak Outs and Candle Light Vigil to mark 2 years since the murder-by-neglect of Ms. Esmin Elizabeth Green, mourn her loss, and condemn continued human rights violations by organized psychiatry.

Why: WE THE PEOPLE call to shut down Kings County Hospital Center's psychiatric services; for an end of abuse, torture, and neglect in the wake of Ms. Green's death on June 19, 2008, while detained at Kings County Hospital Center's Psychiatric Emergency Room; and to call attention to human rights violations committed since then.

Where: Kings County Hospital Center, Psychiatric Emergency Room, Building R. 410 Winthrop Street Brooklyn, NY 11203

Date: June 18, 2010 5 PM - June 19, 2010, 5 PM

Time: Press Conference 6 PM June 18 (Demonstrations begin at 5 PM June 18, Candle Light Vigil, 8:30 PM - 5 PM June 19)


WE THE PEOPLE began as an alliance of people who were accused of and treated for "mental illness". We have survived with our lives, unlike Ms. Green. However, our liberty, our health, and our futures continue to be under the threat of the therapeutic state - and so is yours.

Sanford Rubenstein, the attorney for the family of Ms. Green will be speaking at the press conference. He urges, "Only by people speaking out and remembering what happened to Esmin Green can we prevent others from suffering her fate".

Also speaking out will be people who survived commitment at Kings County Hospital Center and now work to make sure others do not have to experience what they were subjected to and Assemblyman Felix Ortiz, Chair of the Mental Health Committee (invited).

On June 19 it will be two years since Esmin Green was murdered-by- neglect at the Kings County Hospital Center Psychiatric Emergency Room. In February 2010, it was reported by the media that a male “patient” was raped by an employee of Kings County who was charged for the crime. As recently as April 27, 2010 more citations of abuses were published in the news.

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