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When did we get so busy, so self-involved, that as humans we have forgotten compassion and how to care for one another?
In recent months news accounts have told the stories of men and women who have been struck by very unfortunate circumstances and left to suffer—and in some cases die—while others offered no help.
The most recent incident involves a woman in New York who went to the right place to get help—a hospital.
According to a report from CNN.com, 49-year-old Esmin Green was involuntarily admitted to the emergency psychiatric hospital department at Kings County Hospital on June 18.
The report indicates she waited about 24 hours for treatment.
Around 5:32 a.m. on June 19, according to CNN, the woman fell out of her chair in a waiting area. She landed face down and lay there, moving occasionally, for the next half hour. Hospital surveillance video shows the woman stopped moving around 6:07 a.m.
The New York Civil Liberties Union claims hospital workers ignored her. That’s appalling. It also claims employees—who have since been fired or terminated—even went as far as to doctor records to cover up their behavior.
The very people who have dedicated their lives to aiding those sick and in need did nothing to help a dying person. How can that happen?
But just as appalling and unforgivable are the actions of others in the waiting room. The video shows people witnessed the woman on the floor and were unaffected. No one walked over to see if she was OK; no one ran to find help.
The woman, in her blue hospital gown, lay alone on the floor—of a hospital—until she died.
In early June, a 78-year-old man in Connecticut was hit by a car while crossing a busy street. Several pedestrians saw it happen. His body was flung into the air before it crashed to the pavement. People stopped and stared, but no one—no one—offered aid.
Cars driving by on the busy street drove around the man, who was paralyzed from the hit-and-run. No one bothered to stop.
The man only found help when a police officer—responding to an unrelated incident—came by and saw him.
Last year, a woman at a Los Angeles hospital died in a hospital emergency room after bleeding from the mouth and being in pain for nearly an hour. In this case, people in the emergency room called 911 pleading for someone to help, but they were denied.
Hospital workers are accused of ignoring her, too, and the woman died there.
What is wrong with this world? What is wrong with people? What happened to basic human kindness? What happened to helping those in need?
Has ripping God from our schools and other parts of life been a catalyst for encouraging people to turn their backs on those in need?
Examples like these make me sad for the people who have died in such horrible, tragic and unfortunate circumstances, but I’m also incredibly sad and ashamed about those who were there and did nothing.
Do any of these people have a conscience? Do they know how to care? How can someone see an elderly man hit by a car and not rush to his aid? How can you see someone in pain in a hospital—writhing on the floor—and not do everything you can to help?
How have we become a society that cares for no one other than ourselves? We should all be ashamed.