Justice For Anna Brown: Was She Profiled? / by

A good friend of mine (a sister from another mother) Phoenix Phire shared this story on Facebook a few days ago and I thought to share it with you. This is the story of Anna Brown who died due to profiling and the negligence of a hospital. She was a tender 29 years old, homeless and African-American.

After her last and final hospital visit, she was literally dragged from the wheelchair that she was in, out of the hospital  and into jail because doctors assumed she was a drug user and thought she wanted drugs instead treatment. Less than 20 minutes later, she was found dead in her cell. Check out the article below.

Anna Brown, a 29-year-old homeless African American woman, had gone to St. Mary’s Health Center in Richmond Heights, Missouri complaining of leg pain after spraining her ankle. Doctors performed an x-ray of her knees and an ultrasound, but detected no blood clots. 

She was given pain medication and discharged. About eight hours later she returned to the hospital by ambulance complaining of abdominal pain. The hospital told her she had already been treated and discharged her again, but Brown refused to leave. 

When police officers arrived on another call, the hospital told them that Brown was claiming she “did not receive adequate medical attention and did not have to leave.” The officers said they waited about three hours before a doctor told them Brown was healthy enough to be arrested. Brown told the officers she could not stand, so they carried her by her arms and legs.

Police suspected Brown was on drugs and left her laying in her cell on the ground. About fifteen minutes later, a jail worker found her dead. An autopsy did not find any drugs in her system. St. Mary’s Health Center has denied any wrongdoing. “Our records show that, in this case, everything that should have been done medically was done properly. We found nothing that would have changed this tragic outcome,” according to a statement.

Pretty much, another life has been cut short due to profiling in my eyes. This woman knew that something was wrong with her. She knew that something wasn't right and demanded to be treated properly. Who wouldn't. But given her background (homeless, African American) the hospital assumed that she was a drug user and was only there to seek drugs. What kind of shit is that? An autopsy was done and there were no traces of drugs in Anna's system...NONE! But because she was African American and homeless, it was alright for them to assume that she was a drug user and that nothing was actually wrong with her? Who knows how many other people this has happened to.

Maybe this happened to Anna so that she could get the word out about what's REALLY going on in the world. I mean, hospitals are supposed to have state of the art equipment. How could a doctor NOT detect a blood clot? Maybe there was no blood clot when she first took a trip to the hospital, but since they refused to treat her on the second visit, she died. Had she been treated properly, she would be alive today. They didn't detected any blood clots because they didn't run a test to even look for them. They didn't do anything for her when she came back to the hospital. And the NERVE of the police dragging her out of the hospital like that instead of relazing that this woman needed help pisses me off.

She cried and cried as she layed on the floor of the jail cell and she was ignored. The dragged her into the cell and just left her there. She couldn't even walk. She was in terrible pain, and her pain was ignored. I'm human, her cries didn't sound fake to me. They sound like death cries. Those we're not normal grunts. She was crying for her life because she was in so much pain. You would think that the police would understand it, but they already have it in their heads that she was a drug user and was on drugs, so they ignored it. Until the came and saw this....

Her lifeless body laying on the floor. I'm sure they feel awful. Yes, they we're doing their jobs so you can't really fault them. It's the hospital who should be under fire. But who knows if that will happen. Anna was homeless. No one from her family has yet to come forward, at least not that I know of. She was homeless, so who knows if she even has family or friends or children. We don't know, unless someone comes forward, and it's unfortunate because this is clearly a lawsuit just waiting to happen and all evidence shows that the hospital was in the wrong. So whoever does come forward on Anna's behalf will be cashing in from her death, that's if anyone is allowed to take it that far. By her being homeless, it clearly shows that her family (if any) didn't really care too much about her.

The entire story is sad and I hope some type of justice is served and I hope that this is a wake up call for the world. Know what's going on. This is where your tax money goes to. It goes to pay doctors and nurses who clearly aren't doing their jobs the right way. They make hundreds of thousands of dollars and look at their work ethic. A life could have been saved but instead, lost. The president of the hospital took a moment to address the situation at hand.

The funny thing is, that she did not lie. She told nothing but the truth. All of that was done for Anna Brown, on her FIRST visit. Nothing was done when she return to the hospital. This is the situation that brings the outrage. No one tested her for blood clots on the last day that she was in the hospital. She was tested 8 hours prior to that. Blood clots form and travel quite fast, you would think that the staff would know this being that they are doctors. But know, they profiled her and assumed she was a drug user, so they got rid of her.

Some people wondered why she was thrown in a jail cell, well, she was arrested for "trespassing". Go figure. She refused to leave the hospital, so that is why they arrested her. It's a shame, the world is a crazy place. There is so much support going out for Anna. Join the movement on Facebook page "Justice For Anna Brown" and a new health care petition to spark much needed change in this country. We're looking at all of the wars and crimes going on over seas, yet OVERLOOKING what's happening right under our noses. I hope justice is served and may Anna Brown rest in peace.