Homeless Paraplegic Kicked To The Curb

When is this going to stop?

What hospital takes a paraplegic to Skid Row and dumps him on the street? In broad daylight. In front of dozens of people. Kicks him to the curb.


What city allows this to happen to its residents?

From LA Times

Witnesses told police that the man propped himself up in the door of the van. He then hurled himself from the vehicle, tumbling to the street. He pulled himself along, dragging a bag of his belongings in his clenched teeth.

Police said several people began shouting at the driver, who in addition to applying makeup was more concerned that the seats of the van had been soiled, investigators said.

LAPD Officers Eric de la Cruz and Pernell Taylor said they arrived to find the man being carried out of the street on a chair that had been retrieved from the nearby park offices.

How we care for those who can not care for themselves is the true mark of character.

I understand the strain that hospitals face, which is a whole ‘nother blog about a whole ‘nother moral failing, but there are simple standards I expect all hospitals to operate by, a code, an appreciation and value for life and dignity for all reflected in their treatment of every individual.

This was just cruel.

If they can’t be trusted to not kick a paraplegic out on Skid Row without wheelchair or walker then the city needs to set up a destination of last resort. A mission/ halfway house to be the default option in extreme cases such as these. It would take a few pen strokes and the opening of some Hollywood pockets but it’s not a hard thing to set up.

In the meantime, in regard to this incident, I’d say Hollywood Presbyterian has some big time explaining to do, some soul-searching to conduct, and a certain female driver to fire.

Witnesses shouted at the female driver of the van, “Where’s his wheelchair, where’s his walker?”

Gary Lett, an employee at Gladys Park, near where the incident occurred, said the woman driving the van didn’t reply, but proceeded to apply makeup and perfume before driving off.

I’m not pretending to know all the answers with Skid Row. It’s an entrenched sort of misery that would be tough to break. There are many problems that lead one to those streets: drugs, mental problems, PTSD, physical ailments. There is no simple answer. You can scatter the homeless all around the city but that doesn’t necessarily solve their problem, just downtown developers’. What I do know is that it doesn’t make the situation better when hospitals dump patients there in this dehumanizing fashion.

It degrades not only the paraplegic but the homeless who witnessed it and the community it happened in. It degrades the driver too but she apparently has a heart of meat, rancid to the core; she’s a cunt of the highest order and I resort to that word for only the truly worthy.

As painful a story as this is, I believe everyone in Los Angeles should hear about it, should know. Let it be the blight on this city that it is, let it move us to stop it.

This time, let’s not turn another blind eye. Let’s stop pretending that Skid Row is only a shadow, and what happens there doesn’t count because we do not see it, and that we are not affected.

Let us be affected…


5 thoughts on “Homeless Paraplegic Kicked To The Curb

  1. WOW!!! I do work when I can for a non-profit group that provides basic essentails (ie: water, toothbrush and paste, clean t-shirt and socks, varieties of snacks, and other revolving items) to people living on the streets and in the parks of Hollywood. It’s good to see someone giving them a voice!

  2. The last time I was unfortunate enough to require hospital care, I stayed for a few hours and the hospital ran some routine tests. The bill ran into the thousands although the tests conducted were simple $75 clinical sample tests.

    Private hospitals thrive on massive revenue, city subsidies and tax advantages. How often after all do you see a hospital having a “going out of business” sale? What would a used bed pad be worth anyway?

    Hospitals who thrive on it’s monopoly of the sick while receiving perks and incentives from public sources should be banned from releasing a patient into a potentially harmful environment that’s incompatible with his/her ailments.

    The fact that the hospital should be sued in order to compel the hospital into civilized health practices is an outrage. Our government has seen fit to regulate everything else in hospital operations, yet the user of those operations is beholden to the hospitals option of securing their welfare?

    Perhaps a private hospital can’t be forced to provide treatment, but it should certainly be required to insure that it doesn’t release patients into an environment that is likely to make the condition(s) worse.

    If it’s true that the hospital made a commitment to change their practice and still has not, then I would expect (and hope) that the hospital will be sued senseless to established a precedent in this case that equals the apathy it has shown towards it’s customers (patients). We’ll be watching this case to see what the legal outcome is.

    Those who paint the issue as a Religious issue (as the name Presbyterian means nothing – its private business)…. or a political issue….the hospital is likely staffed with people from both political pursuations… aren’t doing the issue any favors whatsoever.

    Osolating people, by branding whole classes of people who aren’t involved in what the hospital did is negligent and discourages valuable support from these groups.

    If we accuse Dems of purpetuating this act, we basically drive them away from the issue… if we do the same with republicans – we drive them away… This issue needs MAXIMUM support from everyone who is receptive to caring. Those who want to play games with the story, only end up hurting the cause in the end.

    Focus on the hospital. It’s their failed policy and careless apathy that lead to the dumping of this man… and the more folks who speak out on it, the better!

    Danny Vice
    The Weekly Vice

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