Suit Filed Over Homeless Woman's Death in Jail

3 years 8 months 5 days ago November 21, 2012 Nov 21, 2012 Wednesday, November 21 2012 Wednesday, November 21, 2012 3:30:07 PM CST in News
By: Associated Press

RICHMOND HEIGHTS, Mo. - A lawsuit alleges that St. Mary's Health Center in suburban St. Louis failed to diagnose a homeless woman's life-threatening condition before allowing police to take her to jail for refusing to leave the hospital's emergency room.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that the family of Anna Brown filed a wrongful-death lawsuit Tuesday against the hospital. The suit also names Saint Louis University Hospital, which examined and released Brown previously. Several physicians are also named.

Brown died in 2011 after blood clots that had formed in her legs moved into her lungs. About an hour before her death, doctors at St. Mary's deemed her fit for confinement and staff asked police to remove her.

Brown had been at St. Mary's demanding more treatment for severe pain in her legs.

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