Cheryl Chandler doesn’t remember her response to a viral video of her daughter being thrown out of a hospital on a cold night in Baltimore. A friend told her she screamed.
“I realized it was Rebecca,” Chandler said. “I couldn’t make my hands work to call someone.”
For viewers, the January video of 22-year-old Rebecca Hall getting tossed out of the University of Maryland Medical Center wearing little more than a hospital gown was a troubling example of “patient dumping.” For Rebecca’s mother, however, it escalated an emergency — one she had lived through many times as her daughter’s mental health worsened.
Rebecca’s life can be measured in hospital stays and 911 calls. Chandler said she pleaded with hospital staff to commit Rebecca, but pleas went unheeded. Privacy laws prevent caregivers from giving information or confirming whether patients were treated. Rebecca has a mental illness, but she is a mentally ill adult.Read More..