Investigation Continues into Blountstown Hospital Death

| December 29, 2015


BLOUNTSTOWN — Further investigation has been initiated regarding the death of a Blountstown woman who was arrested for refusing to leave the Calhoun-Liberty Hospital after complaining of health issues.

WCTV is reporting that the Agency for Health Care Administration is initiating an investigation to determine if any state of federal laws were violated related to the hospital’s refusal to admit the victim, Barbara Dawson, 57.

Dawson’s family has retained an attorney, according to the report.  Darryl Parks is now representing the Dawson family.  He has already issued a statement claiming the hospital did not do enough to save Dawson.  If the AHCA investigation concurs, the hospital will considered responsible.

Hospital officials refused to allow Dawson to remain at the hospital despite her complains of stomach or abdominal pains.  Law enforcement was called based on hospital reports of trespassing.  When Dawson was cuffed and officers attempted to put her into a patrol car, she collapsed.  She was then readmitted to the hospital where she died shortly thereafter, according to reports.

An autopsy later determined Dawson died of blood clots in her lungs.

The Florida NAACP has also stated their concern and urged federal and state agencies to investigate.  They called Dawson’s death “the result of inhumane and negligent treatment by the hospital,” per the WCTV report.  They’d like to see a special prosecutor named by the governor.

The NAACP will host a town hall meeting on the incident Wednesday in Blountstown.


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