Yesha Callahan

Florida Woman Dies After Being Kicked Out of Hospital By Police

A woman is now dead after being kicked out of a hospital she went to seek treatment from, according to law firm Parks and Crump, who is representing the family of Barbara Dawson, 57 of Blountstown, Fl.

Dawson was taken to Liberty Calhoun Hospital for treatment for breathing problems, Dawson was stable and needed to be released, doctors said Monday. But Dawson thought that she needed to stay for additional care.

Dawson refused to leave the hospital, but the staff called the police. She was placed under arrest for disorderly conduct and trespassing. On her way to the car, she collapsed.

“They did their best trying to save her,” said Ruth Attaway, the 25-bed hospital’s administrator and chief executive. “Our staff was very aggressive with her treatment. They did everything they could.”

Parks and Crump plans on suing the hospital or the police department for Dawson’s death.

Parks claims that Dawson required ongoing medical attention. Her family said she had a longstanding history of breathing problems.

“Even the early facts should cause grave concern for her family but also grave concern for the public,” he said.

  1. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    They pledge to care for patients but instead they do this. Smh.

  2. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    Wow, they really did not think this ladies life was worth anything. How callous. I hope her family drains the PD and the hospital dry.

  3. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    Hope they win every penny they ask for and then some….Sickening

  4. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    “They did everything they could” hmmm I not sure you did as that would of included listening to the patient and perhaps seeing if anything else occurred. I hope her family bleed that hospital dry and then some. I’m not going to blame the cop in this situation he was probably just called to just remove her. This is all on the hospital staff who dealt with her. She would still be here if they listened to her but as usual doctors know best, yes they know so much they ignore peoples pleas and silence them with the exit sign.

  5. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    This really isn’t a police thing, as it was not their call whether she could stay or not. The hospital staff are 100% liable.

  6. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    The hospital staff acted incompetent. If someone had a breathing problem, vital signs are checked. She had a history of breathing problems and she was obviously mistreated by much of the staff. Involving any patient, total precautions should be enacted and crossing the Is and Ts are important. Plus, the patient has the right to voice her views. If a patient requested something, the hospital should honor that request, especially in a breathing problem. The hospital should definitely be sued. It is so sad that a Sister has to pass away under these circumstances. In this situation,the hospital is much more liable than the cops.

  7. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    God rest her soul. I hope the family sues although it won’t bring their loved one back.

  8. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    If they did everything they could then why did she die a few steps away from the hospital? Clearly this lady was still sick. I blame the hospital for her death. As someone with severe Asthma, breathing problems are tricky and you have to be careful when giving someone a clear bill of health. I was hospitalize plenty of times for Asthma/breathing problems where some staff at the hospital thought it could be fixed with a quick breathing treatment until I thought otherwise. This lady clearly knew her body and how she was feeling so the doctors should have listened. But some hospital are like Starbucks these days, they want to get you in and get you out claiming they are giving you quality when they are not. May she rest in peace and prayers for her family.

    • December 23, 2015 - Reply


      Great Words Sister.

      I used to have asthma problems too.

      I had to vacuum, eat apples, and walk around in fresh air to control my asthma. Also, I exercised to strengthen my immune system. Now, my asthma is under control and I don’t need an inhaler for the time being. That hospital should definitely know better. When a patient wants help, the hospital should oblige the patient completely.

      RIP to the Sister.

      • December 23, 2015 - Reply

        Exactly Truth! My mom works at a hospital and she tells stories like this all the time. So there is a serious problem with the lack of communication of doctors, nurses and staff listening to patients. I am still trying to get there with controlling my Asthma because at times my inhaler feel like a ball and chain but good tips!

        • December 23, 2015 - Reply


          Thank you Sister.

          Like always, we are family as black people.

          Years ago, I had worse asthma problems and I ate apples to calm my lungs. Many people with an asthma attack use the ventilation machine in the hospital and then they use the inhaler afterwards.

          The communication problems exist in hospitals nationwide. The late woman was treated callously and with great disrespect. The woman deserved much more serious attention.

          • December 23, 2015 - Reply


            I will try the apple tip Truth. I love apples but I don’t eat them regularly. You are so right, this woman did not deserve to die like this at all. May she rest in peace. Hope you and your family have a Merry Christmas Truth!

            • December 23, 2015 - Reply


              Thank you for your Kind Words Sister.

              You remind me of a great cousin or a younger Sister.

              Have a Great Holiday Season for you and for your family as Well Sister binks.

              God Bless You.

        • December 23, 2015 - Reply


          wow, so do you think that blacks get the most possible adequate care as their white counterparts? i often wonder, and with this case, it really makes me wonder. . .

          • December 23, 2015 - Reply


            Honestly BlackGlamour, I still think there is a huge racial component in hospital care/treatment for patients based on racial/class lines. In this situation, I don’t think the lady received adequate care because the doctor and nurse missed something that resulted in her death. This is why I am all for getting our numbers up for Black representation in the medical field across the board.

            • December 23, 2015 - Reply


              Well said Binks!

  9. December 23, 2015 - Reply

    Out of all the many times i’ve been to the hospital (not for myself) one common denominator is doctors who are too busy to care and nurses too prideful to listen to their patient.
    Nothing but illness, death, corruption, and pride in hospitals no amount of flowers can brighten.

  10. January 10, 2016 - Reply

    Yeah nice try, Clutch, with you attempting to shift this on the cops. Pull your heads out of your cheek cracks. I don’t put this on the cops at all. They were called to forcibly remove someone refusing to be discharged. And since they’re not medical professionals I don’t expect police officers to be able to make the determination whether someone is medically fit for discharge. THEIR JOB WAS TO REMOVE HER, AND ARREST HER IF IT CAME TO THAT. They responded to a call as they were supposed to do. This is one-hundred-percent a liability issue with the hospital staff/nurses/and doctors. Whoever deemed her fit enough to leave when she clearly wasn’t either didn’t care or was incompetent. My heart goes out to this poor woman, and I hope her family owns this hospital when it’s all over. Because they deserve to be sued. But I’m sorry…not sorry… I don’t buy into this hate-the-police rant everyone’s on, and yes I’ve been in situations where family members got in trouble with the police – including my mother – and they had that s–t coming to them. This clearly wasn’t one of those situations where this lady begged to stay in and her pleas went unheard, but I’m not fixing to drag the police in this one. This is solely on the hospital. So much for Obamacare supposedly helping those like this woman.

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