Woman Dies After Being Forcibly Removed From Hospital

Thursday, 24 December 2015 - 12:08


A woman has died from a pulmonary embolism after she was handcuffed and forcibly removed from a hospital where she was seeking treatment for breathing difficulties.

Barbara Dawson, 57, was rushed to Liberty Calhoun Hospital, in Blountstown in Florida, via ambulance initially complaining of stomach pains on Sunday evening. 

Within a few hours, she was cleared to go home by hospital staff and discharged. But when Dawson insisted that she was 'still was not feeling well' and needed further treatment, her family claim she was swiftly banned from the hospital.

Staff called the police at 4.45am on Monday who arrived at the center and arrested Dawson for disorderly conduct and trespassing.

She was handcuffed, forcibly removed from the hospital and put in the back of the officer's car while her distraught family 'pleaded for her to have oxygen' as she was having breathing difficulties.

They say a nurse refused to give them Dawson's oxygen tank because they had found she was breathing fine.

When the officer opened the door to his patrol car, the 57 year old collapsed to the ground - still wearing handcuffs.

Less than two hours later, at 6.24am, she was pronounced dead.

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