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    Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 9:35am

Orderly Reported a Woman in Hospital Stairwell Week Before Body Found

Oct. 21, 2013

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An orderly at San Francisco General Hospital reportedly told a hospital nurse that he saw an unconscious woman in a locked stairwell a week before authorities found a missing patient's body there.

Lynne Spalding, 57, disappeared from her room Sept. 21, two days after being admitted for an infection. Officials found her body in the locked stairwell Oct. 8.

The hospital orderly told a nurse Oct. 1 that he had seen an unconscious woman in the same spot where officials found Spalding and stepped over her body twice, once going downstairs and again when he returned using the same stairwell, according to The San Francisco Chronicle, citing sources familiar with the investigation into the patient's death.

There has been no official statement that Spalding was the woman the orderly discovered, but the revelation has sparked outrage for Spalding's family.

"I think what this tells us is what didn't happen in the hospital and it was what should have happened: immediate care and assistance for someone who's lying on a stairwell," Spalding family spokesman David Perry told "Good Morning America."

After the orderly told the nurse about what he'd seen, according to The Chronicle, the nurse contacted the Sheriff's Department, which provides security for the hospital. It's unclear how authorities responded to the call, the newspaper reported. It's possible no deputy responded, or that the deputy was dispatched to the wrong location, according to The Chronicle.

"The big question is now is: what did the Sheriff's Department know? And what did they do about this?" Audrey Cooper, managing editor of The Chronicle, told "GMA."

The Sheriff's Department said in a statement, "We are still investigating every aspect of this case."

San Francisco General said in a statement it is "committed to finding out exactly what happened so that it will never happen again."

It's unclear whether the woman was still alive when the orderly found her.

Spalding's family reported her missing the day she vanished and said she might have been confused by her medications and wandered away. Hospital personnel had been checking on her every 15 minutes, Perry, the family spokesman, said.

The cause of death has not been determined, but authorities do not suspect foul play.

Perry described what happened to Spalding as "inexcusable."

"It's a horrible, horrible nightmare," he added.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/orderly-reported-woman-hospital-stairwell-week-body-found/story?id=20630617



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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote carolina cutie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 9:50am
I've been waiting to hear the details about this story. Smh.

I would avoid going to this hospital at all costs.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Tbaby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 10:05am
I'm amazed they didn't have any camera footage of her leaving/walking down the hall or something...door alarms ringing...heads are gonna roll, starting w/ the hospital security chief.
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Why would you just step over her though??

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Naturalchick30 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 10:24am
Originally posted by HunnyB HunnyB wrote:

Why would you just step over her though??

That's what I was thinking..
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (2) Thanks(2)   Quote Tbaby Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 10:45am
Maybe he thought she was some homeless woman passed out?  the stairwell was outside...idunno that's strange of him not to atleast tell security about her.  She was in a hospital gown (?) so you'd think that would be a big red flag.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote tatee Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 10:52am
she went missing from her room September 21
the orderly saw her passed out in the stairwell October 1
Officials found her body in the stairwell October 8
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Ladycoils Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 10:55am
This is crazy..Maybe they have a policy that orderlies aren't allowed to touch patient.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AmiliaCabral Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: Oct 21 2013 at 11:05am
yooo thats crazy
 
hospitals don't have cameras of the hallways and staircases??
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GIRL MY MOM WAS THERE AND STILL IS SOMETHING AINT RIGHT ITS ON THE HUSH.  ITS SAD.  
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