Shocking moment Indigenous teenager found abandoned outside Melbourne hospital emergency department
Indigenous teenager found abandoned outside emergency department, lying in pool of vomit after discharge – as hospital vows to investigate her treatment
- Khaliyha McKellar found collapsed in her own vomit outside St Vincent hospital
- Reportedly left on her own after discharge from Melbourne hospital
- Shocking images and vision showed her curled up unresponsive on the floor
- The hospital has since apologized to the teenager and opened an investigation
An Indigenous teenager was found unconscious outside an emergency department – hospital staff refusing to help.
18-year-old Khaliyha McKellar was found collapsed in her own vomit outside St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne on May 31.
Other patients and visitors were forced to stay by her side for three hours after Ms McKellar was reportedly released and thrown into the cold by the hospital.
Patient hospitalized at St Vincent’s Audrey Kearns said she had to remove a blanket from her own bed to keep Ms McKellar warm until her family arrived.
Khaliyha McKellar, 18 (pictured) was found collapsed and unconscious outside an emergency department at a Melbourne hospital
Ms McKellar pictured outside the hospital. Another patient said she was forced to remove a blanket from her own bed to keep the teenager warm until her family arrived.
She described the young woman’s treatment as “parody and downright disgusting” in a social media post.
“My roommate and I had words with security pleading for her to be brought back inside as she lay with no blanket, no shoes on and possibly in danger of choking on her own vomit.” said Ms Kearns.
“We were just told it was not their problem and that she had been seen by a healthcare professional.”
“They just threw her down and I said ‘why are you just leaving her on the floor and they said she had already been treated'” Ms Kearns said. 7News.
The hospital has since apologized to the young indigenous teenager and opened an investigation into her treatment.
“I am deeply concerned about the content of this video and the incident and what happened here,” St Vincent CEO Angela Nolan said in a statement.
“It is not who we are and what we are in St Vincent and we are investigating it.”
St Vincent hospital patient Audrey Kearns (pictured) said she had to remove a blanket from her own hospital bed to keep Ms McKellar warm until her family arrived
After images of the abandoned teenager were shared online, Ms McKellar confirmed that it was she who was pictured outside the hospital.
She alleged on Facebook that she was dragged out of the hospital while vomiting and could barely walk.
“The same day my heart stopped. They dragged me out after putting their fingers behind my back and as they dragged me I would collapse and vomit – I couldn’t even walk or anything, ”she said.
RESPONSE FROM ST VINCENT HOSPITAL TO IMAGE OF NATIVE ADOLESCENT IN COLLAPSE
On Thursday, June 4, the management of St Vincent’s Hospital became aware of a post on Facebook shared by a patient hospitalized at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne.
This post contained images of another patient outside our emergency department and contained allegations of inadequate care.
We immediately launched an internal investigation into the circumstances surrounding the content of these images.
St Vincent Hospital in Melbourne apologizes to the patients involved. We are deeply concerned about the content of the video and are committed to finding out what happened.
We contacted the patient in the video as well as the patient who took the images to check on their well-being.
At St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne, we exist to care for our vulnerable communities – this is an integral part of our mission.
Cultural awareness training around the unique health needs of Aboriginal Australians and Torres Strait Islanders is at the heart of the clinical training program for all St Vincent’s staff.
We remain committed to improving our education and development programs.
In the aftermath of this incident, we are committed not only to understanding the context of what happened, but also how we can improve our care so that it does not happen again.