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The mother of a 22-year-old woman who was filmed being unceremoniously discharged from a Baltimore hospital and left alone in the street on Tuesday says her daughter is mentally ill and was in need of help.
The woman, who identified herself as Cheryl and her daughter as Rebecca, spoke to CBS News on Friday, accusing the University of Maryland Medical Center of treating her vulnerable child in a 'callous and heartless' manner.
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'My daughter was disposed of,' the outraged mother said. 'It's disgusting, heartbreaking, horrifying.... She was on the street with her body exposed. There was no human dignity at all.'
Passerby Imamu Baraka was leaving his office when he saw staff from The University of Maryland Medical Center walking away from the woman after escorting her to a bus stop. The patient was wearing just a paper-thin hospital gown and a pair of socks, despite the frigid temperatures.
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Baraka filmed her walking around, confused and crying, in a video that has been viewed more than 2million times on Facebook.
The hospital would not say what they treated the woman for, or how long she had been there, leading to speculations that the woman was possibly a drug addict or a sex worker.
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But according to her mother, Rebecca is neither one of those things.
Cheryl told CBS that at age 16, Rebecca was diagnosed with bipolar schizoaffective disorder and Asperger's syndrome. For the past four years, she had been living at a residential youth program, but on Christmas Eve she was ejected from the facility for failing to take her medication.
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A short time later, Rebecca stopped communicating with her family. When Cheryl went to file a missing persons report with police, she learned that the 22-year-old had been admitted into the hospital in Baltimore.
As she was scrolling through Facebook this week, Cheryl came...
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