WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An elderly patient had died at the hospital when she was shoved by another patient after the former tried to find a steady balance by grabbing the latter’s IV pole.
- The patient who shoved her was eventually arrested for multiple charges, including manslaughter.
- The elderly’s grandniece told CNN that the hospital did not give her details about the incident that caused her grandmother’s death.
Janie Marshall who was eighty-six years old was admitted at Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center emergency room in Brooklyn, New York on March 27 because of stomach pains related to a bowel obstruction.
On March 28, the old woman was reported to have broken the COVID-19 social distancing hospital guidelines in the ER and held onto another patient, 32-year-old Cassandra Lundy’s IV pole. She did so because she was trying to get her balance, but Lundy shoved her which caused the elderly to fall to the floor, and hit her head.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) reported that later on after the incident, Marshall had died.
According to a family member, Marshall was suffering from dementia.
The NYPD said Lundy was eventually arrested on April 2 and charged with assault and manslaughter.
Lundy is now facing multiple charges such as assault in the second degree, manslaughter in the first and second degree, and criminally negligent homicide as per the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office.
Woodhull Medical and Mental Health Center gave a statement to CNN. The hospital said that they are helping the NYPD with the investigation.
The statement says, “we are terribly saddened by this death. We are committed to ensuring a safe, health-focused environment in these very demanding times so our heroic health care workers can continue to deliver the quality, compassionate care New Yorkers need more than ever.”
In an interview with CNN, Marshall’s grandniece, Antoinette Leonard-Jean Charles said that the hospital doesn’t provide details about the death of her grandmother. She rather depends on the local news reports for further information about the incident.
The hospital could not give enough information to Marshall’s family, even the next of kin, because of the health privacy law HIPAA, said Charles.
According to Marshall’s obituary, she was one of the first African American women to receive a Commissioner Citation at the Social Security Administration (SSA) where she worked. The Commissioner Citation is the highest award given by the SSA.