The Lonesome Death of Anna Brown

Steve KinsmanStarred Page By Steve Kinsman, 29th Mar 2012 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL http://nut.bz/2kjl0841/
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Anna Brown needed help, but she was arrested and jailed instead.

The lonesome death of Anna Brown

In the summer of 2010, when a tornado ripped through her home and destroyed it, Anna Brown, 29, a single mother of three, became homeless, and after losing her job at a sandwich shop, the authorities took her kids away from her. Anna's mother, Dorothy Davis, was given a choice. Due to bureaucratic rules unfathomable, Ms. Davis could either take in Anna's kids or Anna, but not Anna's kids and Anna.

In the third week of September, 2011, Anna sprained her ankle, and on September 20th she went to St. Louis University Hospital for treatment. X-rays turned out negative, she was given a few painkillers and sent away. Brown was not satisfied, however, and sensed something more serious was wrong with her, so she re-entered the hospital and refused to leave. That's when police were called by hospital security. Brown, in a wheelchair because she was unable to move her legs, slid off the chair to the floor and rowed herself next door to a children's hospital, begging for treatment there, but they said they were unable to help her because they are an exclusively children's facility. Refusing to return to SLU, an ambulance then took Ms. Brown to St. Mary's Hospital, whose mission statement claims it to be a hospital "for people who are materially poor and vulnerable." There, an ultrasound was performed, and the hospital said it showed no blood clots or abnormalities. She was then given a list of homeless shelters and told to leave. Brown, unable to walk and complaining now of chest and abdominal pain refused to leave, and police were called. When they arrived she was arrested and charged with trespassing.

Arriving at the jail, Brown said she couldn't move her legs, so the cops dragged her to a cell and deposited her on the floor, not bothering to lay her on the cell's bed (see photo below).

Fifteen minutes later Anna Brown was no longer breathing. Paramedics arrived and were unable to revive her, and she was pronounced dead at the scene. The autopsy revealed that she died from blood clots in her legs that ultimately lodged in her lungs.

More Anna's in the future?

This tragic story reveals the state of medical care in this country, the richest in the world, where indigent people are unable to attain even the most rudimentary health services. Now, Barack Obama's health care legislation is before the United States Supreme Court, which may strike down even its lukewarm provisions to provide better services to all the people. If they do so then we can expect many more repetitions of the experience of Anna Brown.

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I live in California with my wife Carol, where I have been practicing professional astrology for 35 years. I write articles on astrology, but I enjoy writing on a variety of other subjects as well..

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author avatar Jules, The Cowboy
29th Mar 2012 (#)

sad experience...

thanks for the updates

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Sad indeed. Thanks for commenting Madan.

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author avatar Val Mills
29th Mar 2012 (#)

This is a truly sad story. You can't help wondering how human beings can refuse to help another in need.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

This happens in America to poor people all too frequently. Thanks for commenting Val.

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Its a sad tale Steve, surprised that it should happen in America

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author avatar Madan G Singh
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Its a sad tale Steve, surprised that it should happen in America

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

It happens more than people might think, Madan. Thanks for commenting.

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
30th Mar 2012 (#)

A very sad tale indeed . I wonder how Anna must have felt..

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author avatar Neha Dwivedi
30th Mar 2012 (#)

A very sad tale indeed . I wonder how Anna must have felt..

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Very sad. She must have felt betrayed and abandoned. Thanks for commenting geeta.

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author avatar Ivyevelyn, R.S.A.
30th Mar 2012 (#)

"Betrayed and abandoned". They are the words to describe Anna. Add "probably homeless and destitute." This can't be America!

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

But it is America. Everyday America.

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author avatar Buzz
30th Mar 2012 (#)

I wonder who should be held accountable for her death? I can't believe his happened in America. Thanks, Steve.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Believe it Buzz, because it's true.

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author avatar Xina
30th Mar 2012 (#)

You know she had medicaid right? She wasn't uninsured and Obamacare wouldn't have made any difference in this case.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Yes, she did have Medicare, and it didn't make any difference to the hospital staff.

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author avatar Sivaramakrishnan A
30th Mar 2012 (#)

The plight of the poor is the same everywhere, Steve. We all carry some guilt, and the issues are getting worse by the day like a loan on compound interest - siva

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

I'm afraid you're right Siva. I like to believe we are on a path of evolutionary growth as a species, but when I read things like the story of Anna Brown I'm not so sure.

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author avatar rama devi nina
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Tragic and unconscionable. Thanks for reporting on this story. A very sad state of affairs.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
30th Mar 2012 (#)

Sad it is indeed. Thanks rama devi.

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author avatar Mikey.
31st Mar 2012 (#)

That is unbelievable what the hell is wrong with those people, I wonder if she were white would it be a different story.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
31st Mar 2012 (#)

If she were white they would have helped her.

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author avatar Tasha M
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

It seems to me, sad as the whole thing is, if they did tests and couldn't find any evidence of clots, how were they to treat her for them? If they had admitted her, she would have likely faced the same fate before treatment could be effective.

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author avatar Ben R
2nd Apr 2012 (#)

I agree with you. From what I have read, they went through all the standard diagnostic measures and did not find evidence of a threat requiring further action. If they had no reason to believe Ms. Brown, God rest her, was in mortal danger, I do not believe they would truly wish her dead and have her dragged off. What frontline person who has dedicated their lives to a high-stress, physically demanding career that often plays out more like an episode of 'Dirty Jobs' than Grey's Anatomy. I would dread to think that any of these overworked, underpaid nurses, residents, and hospitalists would be so heartless as to intentionally sentence to death the very person they spent their time evaluating, testing, and attempting to make sure Ms. Brown was free from the very ailments that led to her unfortunate fatality. Considering these very same caregivers work to cure other homeless persons, African Americans, non-English speaking, drug addicted, and mentally disturbed individuals and accept this as part of their everyday lives.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

See my comment above.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
6th Apr 2012 (#)

Maybe, maybe not. But to just kick her out - maybe they needed to listen to what she was saying.

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author avatar rarity
6th Apr 2012 (#)

That is very sad. The young mother could have survived if she got the help she needed.

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author avatar Steve Kinsman
7th Apr 2012 (#)

I think that may have been the case.

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