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Update to story of "ignored" woman at UMC hospital Las Vegas

Ok she is so pathetic! She did NOT know she was pregnant. YES before they left labs showed she was BUT that does NOT mean a dr or nurse saw that report. Lab techs dont just jump and say OMG shes pregnant.
She went to Valley Hospital again NOT knowing she was pregnant and decided to leave when they said it could be a little while.
So she went home and went in to labor DID NOT call 911 when she started birth had her premature baby and the poor thing died.
NOW she is sueing for her idiotic actions?

They did NOT know she was pregnant. UMC is a VERY busy hospital and unless you are gushing blood or in labor and they KNOW you are pregnant you are looking at a bit of a wait. There are so many hospitals in this area she could had gone to. She also could had called 911 for an ambulance and got in right away.
I pray she doesnt win this case. She is so pathetic in my eyes.
What do you think about this? Story below


Asked by Anonymous at 4:59 AM on Jan. 23, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (24)
  • It doesn't matter if they DID know. It was HER CHOICE to leave in the first place, it was HER CHOICE to not call 911...HER decisions put her and hr unborn baby in jeopardy no one elses


    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:15 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • A Las Vegas-area woman gave birth to a premature baby who died after University Medical Center failed to properly screen and treat the woman while she was in labor, a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday charges.

    The suit, filed in behalf of Latricia Richard, is the second such suit to be filed against the hospital by attorney Jacob Hafter since Dec. 23.

    On Dec. 23, he sued UMC and Valley Hospital in behalf of Roshunda Abney, who alleges she didn't know she was pregnant but was in extreme pain and went more than five hours without treatment while in labor in UMC's emergency room, and then lost her baby.


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:00 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • After six hours at the hospital the evening of Nov. 30, UMC employees told Abney and her fiance that Abney was not going to be helped anytime soon, so they left and went to Valley Hospital & Medical Center, that lawsuit alleges. There, they allege, an employee was rude to them, giving them the impression that they would not receive care there either, the lawsuit said.

    The couple went home, where Abney gave birth to Angel Dewberry, who died.

    That lawsuit alleges that UMC and Valley violated the federal Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act, which requires facilities to provide emergency treatment without concern for a patient’s ability to pay.

    UMC has declined comment on the cases while Valley Hospital has denied the allegations.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:00 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • The new lawsuit says Richard knew she was pregnant and went to UMC's emergency department complaining of labor pains Dec. 8. She was placed in a room in the labor and delivery department and placed on an external fetal monitor, the suit says.

    "She was never seen by a physician or any advanced nursing personnel. Her cervix was never checked for dilation," the suit alleges.

    "She was given a sleeping aid and sent home. A few hours later, she went to her private medical doctor who checked her cervix and discovered that she was dilated and was in active labor. He sent her via ambulance to UMC, where she delivered her premature baby, who died," charges the lawsuit, which also alleges violations of the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act (EMTALA).


    Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • "Ms. Richard, and her unborn fetus, went to two hospital emergency departments requesting care for a medical emergency, in that she was in active labor, and she was not provided screening or treatment as required under EMTALA," the suit charges.



    Answer by Anonymous at 5:01 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Sounds like this hospital needs to pull their heads out of the asses. Now to clarify for you, OP when a woman shows up to receive care and the labs identify pregnancy and she is showing signs or preterm labor even if she was unaware they are required to treat her, if pregnancy is indicated they MUST make sure she is not in labor before she is sent home if they do not do this it is a violation and they should be ashamed of themselves. Doctors and hospitals are there to protect us when we are unable to understand a situation and therefore what they did was awful. She did nothing wrong you should be able to go to whatever hospital and get the treatment that you need. There is no excuse for the lack of patient care, and they are to blame for what happened, and BTW when you have a fast home labor it can be impossible to call 911.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 5:06 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • The labs dont get looked at by a dr til the person is in the back she was in the waiting room.

    She also could had called 911 to begin with. There are SO many options she had here. Even down the high way a little is southern hills hospital with NO waiting EVER

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:10 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • And NO she left it is on her own. When you leave the hospital it is NO LONGER their responsability when something happens to you.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:11 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • That is incorrect once her labs came back saying that they she was considered in labor because they took labs in the first place, the fact they discharged her is against the law end of story. They are at fault she is not, she did what she could considering the lack of care, and unless you have done research on unassisted birth you do not have any clue what that is like and how calling 911 or going to yet another hospital is impossible. They screwed up they will lose because of it.

    Answer by truealaskanmom at 5:16 AM on Jan. 23, 2010

  • Where on a lab does it say oh hey this one is in labor?
    They are NOT she is just a pathic idiot that feels the need to sue because she didnt want to stay at the hospital. When you are discharged they have you SIGN a form stating that you are leaving under your OWN choice and that anything happening after you leave is not the hospitals fault.

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:32 AM on Jan. 23, 2010