More Details on Rodriguez's Death at LA Hospital
More information on the woman who died in the floor of an emergency
room of a Los Angeles hospital -- while nurses walked around her,
apparently oblivious. Her boyfriend was so desperate he called 911,
from inside the hospital:
A woman is lying on the floor of a Los Angeles County hospital
emergency room. She is throwing up blood. Family members say hospital
workers ignored their pleas for help, so they called 911 from the
hospital frantically seeking help.
A half an hour later, Edith Rodriquez, 43, a mother of three,
was dead, leaving the family reeling. The county supervisor is
outraged, and it's all been caught on tape.
1:43 a.m. May 9, Rodriquez's boyfriend, Jose Prado, placed the first
call to 911 from a pay phone just outside the emergency room at Los
Angeles' Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital.
911 Operator: "What's wrong with her?," the 911 operator asked.
Prado: "She's vomiting blood."
The operator then questions why hospital officials are not helping Rodriguez.
Prado: "They're watching her and they're not doing anything. Just watching her."
Rodriguez had been to the emergency room on three separate
occasions. Each time she was released after being given prescriptions
This time, she lay on the floor of the emergency room for 45
minutes. A security video shows staffers and other patients standing by
as a janitor cleaned the floor around her.
Eight minutes after the first call, another call to 911
apparently comes from another person not related to Rodriquez. "There's
a woman on the ground of the emergency room at Martin Luther King and
they're overlooking her," the female caller says, "and they're ignoring
The operator asks the caller what she wants him to do and
informs the woman to contact hospital personnel. The conversation then
becomes tense as the operator lets the caller know he cannot send an
ambulance to the hospital.
"I cannot do anything for you for the quality of the hospital
there," the operator says. "This line is for emergency purposes only."
"May [God] strike you too for acting the way you are," the
caller responds. The operator says, "No negative, ma'am. You're the
The county coroner ruled that Rodriguez died of a perforated bowel.