I have what I think is a legal issue with Grady Hospital, the Executive Management of Grady and the Security Guards employed for Grady. I am on Social Security Disability and 65 years of age. I passed out at a convenience store. I have done this a few times in the last couple of years. I have been hospitalized for dehydration for three days almost a year ago. I was in danger of renal failure. I was in renal failure with my kidneys shutting down on this occasion. When I regained consciousness, my memory of before the incident and after it is in snippets. An ambulance took me to the Emergency Room at DeKalb Hospital. They did blood tests for alcohol and illegal drugs which was negative. I think they suspected some head trauma so they sent me in another ambulance to Grady Hospital. I was admitted and an arm band was put on. Rather than report the cadence of events, I will list my issues:
-Three guards grabbed me by my skin through my shirt an ejected me from the hospital while I was a registered patient for trying to locate my phone.
-I asked a business close by to call 911 because I was assaulted.
-I went back to the door where they had ejected me. The guards were still there and I told them about the police. They grabbed me by the shoulders again and pulled me inside. They said that I was trespassed from the hospital. They waited a second and then arrested me for trespassing. I was handcuffed.
-They turned me over to Atlanta police who would not arrest the security guards but arrested me. They sent me to the jail to be booked. Then they sent me back to the Emergency Room where they handcuffed me to the gurney.
-As hospital employees came to see me, I would beg them to get the Hospital Administrator. That never happened. I started screaming out for someone to help me. No one did but the security guards came in and four pointed me which meant each arm and leg had a shackle to the bed.
-I was taken to a hospital ward with a guard but only one guard had the key to cuffs. He wouldn’t come so I had diarrhea and had to lay in it until he finally came.
-The guard finally came. He said what do we need here and I said that he knew why he was here.
-It made him mad. He said that he wished they hadn’t taken away their tazers. He was at the other end of the room so I asked him if he felt threatened by me when I was nowhere near. He said he would taser me for being a smart ass. The he said if he wanted he could beat me up and claim I was trying to escape. I said, You do that? He said yes. A doctor walked in with a few other people so I told them what just happened. The guard laughed at it and said it didn’t happen but I wanted it on the record.
-Six days of hydration from the bags of saline solution and the renal failure was abated. They released me from the hospital and I was taken to a holding cell somewhere under the hospital. The jail experience was dehumanizing but I don’t think anyone can take that on.
Hospital Doctors and Staff
-Ignored my constant requests to speak to someone in authority.
-Someone altered the facts when I was sent to the jail to say I was under the influence of alcohol and drugs.
-They also altered when I was admitted to the hospital to say I had been under arrest .
-Mistreatment of a patient under false circumstances.