LA shelter questions patient dumping

Feb. 10, 2007 at 9:33 AM
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LOS ANGELES, Feb. 10 (UPI) -- Officials at a Los Angeles homeless shelter are disputing the account of a hospital under fire for dumping a paraplegic, homeless man on the street.

Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center has said that hospital policy wasn't followed when the 41-year-old man was left Thursday, without a wheelchair, on the curb by a hospital-hired van, the Los Angeles Times reported Saturday.

But the hospital's account of how the man came to end up lying on the curb in a soiled hospital gown was questioned by police and by officials at a homeless shelter where the hospital said it had tried to deliver the man. The shelter turned the man away because there was no room, the newspaper reported.

Orlando Ward, a spokesman for the Midnight Mission shelter, told the Times that no one was turned away from the shelter, but that the attendants decided to leave with the man after shelter workers asked for instructions for his care.

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