WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An elderly woman with dementia was reportedly left alone outside a healthcare facility at about past 2 in the morning last month.
- Her daughter was so outraged that she filed a suit against the facility for negligence in their care.
- Although the facility issued a statement that the patient refused assistance from the hospital to arrange her transportation back to her home, the daughter argued that they should not have followed her advice since the patient is mentally unfit.
A Californian filed a lawsuit against a Long Beach hospital following surveillance videos showing her elderly mother, who has dementia, locked out of the health care facility where she is staying.
After allegedly threatening suicide, Savina Genoese Zerbi, 84, received psychological evaluation and treatment at the College Medical Center earlier last month. She requested to be taken back to the Regency Palms healthcare facility, where she now lives, after being discharged by the hospital.
Zerbi was seen in surveillance cameras dressed in a bathrobe and slippers trying to open the facility’s front door which was locked, on January 13 at around 2:17 a.m. For an unknown period of time, Zerbi was left outside the facility. She eventually made her way inside although details as to how she entered the building were not clear yet, reports the Long Beach Press-Telegram.
A complaint with the California Department of Public Health against College Medical Center for negligence was filed by the woman’s daughter, Costanza Genoese Zerbi. She told the newspaper that while waiting for the results of her mother’s psychological evaluation, she went home around 11 p.m. to check on her children.
Shortly after, she said a doctor from the hospital called to inform her that her mother can be discharged and that transportation back to the care facility will be arranged. But, it appeared the hospital placed Zerbi in a cab that left her outside the Regency Palms alone.
“I’m pretty outraged. She could have been killed or kidnapped,” Costanza, 51, told the Press-Telegram.
College Medical Center said in a statement to The Associated Press: “Patients have a right to choose their method of transportation upon discharge from the hospital. This particular patient denied College Medical Center’s assistance with transportation and insisted that she be taken to her place of residence via public transportation.”
The hospital also offered to discuss other details with Zerbi’s family but without “admitting any wrongdoing.”
However, Constanza called the hospital’s statement a “media play” and said the hospital shouldn’t have listened to her mother because her doctors have declared her unfit to make her own decisions.
Although state health officials refused to comment on the complaint, they told Press-Telegram that currently, investigation at the facility is ongoing and details are kept confidential until the investigation is complete.
Source: Fox News