A St. Louis area hospital is defending its actions this week, claiming homeless woman Anna Brown was given proper care before she was deemed trespassing, arrested and sent to jail where she died. In a statement released amidst growing outrage Thursday, the medical center says all appropriate tests were taken.
“We followed established medical guidelines and performed appropriate tests. Unfortunately, even with appropriate testing using sophisticated technology, blood clots can still be undetected in a small number of cases,” Kate Becker, president of SSM St. Mary’s Health Center said Thursday.
As widely reported, Brown died in a jail cell less than three hours after she was deemed trespassing at St. Louis University Hospital and arrested.
The incident happened September 21 of last year however, the story has garnered national interest, this week, thanks to outlets including The Washington Post and Los Angeles Times. The story has also been shared widely on Twitter and other social media platforms.
In video, released earlier this week, Brown was quoted screaming “my legs don’t work” as police officers wheeled her out of the hospital, arresting her.
Once at the Richmond Heights jail, it is alleged that an officer drug Brown into a jail cell and left her on the floor where she later died when blood clots traveled from her legs to her lungs.
A march to demand justice and answers is being planned for next Friday according to St. Louis Today.