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MORBIDITY & MORTALITY RATE INCREASES BECAUSE OF
D.C. GENERAL CLOSURE
As of June 20, 2001
The death toll is rising as predicted by the D.C. City
Council, medical professionals and religious and community leaders. The
morbidity/mortality rate is rising as a result of the dismantling of D.C.
General Hospital. As many as 14 deaths and 1 intrauterine death may have
Name unknown, 25 year old female, suffered a stab
wound to the chest. Revived in Medic Unit and transported to Prince
George General Hospital, where she died April 20.
John Thomas Ellis, 21 years old, shot in the 3800
block of 9' Street SE. He was taken to Howard University Hospital
where he was pronounced dead April 29.
William Eric Etheridge, 19 years old, star athlete,
ready to enter college this fall, suffered from apparent multiple
gunshot wounds in the 300 block of Anacostia Rd. SE. He was
transported to Prince George's County Hospital, where he was
pronounced dead May 6.
Name unknown, 60 year old black male suffered
asthma attack in route to doctor's office. Ambulance arrived at 4200
block of Benning Rd. NE. During transport, patient went into cardiac
arrest. Transported to Howard University Hospital where he was
pronounced dead May 10.
26 week unborn baby, after the mother reported to
Greater Southeast with premature labor and then was sent across town
to D.C. General Hospital because Greater Southeast Hospital is not
equipped to handle babies born before 32 weeks. When she arrived there
was no sign of life of the fetus. Incident occurred week of May 13.
Johnnie Suber, Jr., 27 years old, found lying in
the 2600 block of 10' Street NE, after being shot and died at
Washington Hospital Center MedSTAR on May 25.
Bia Secka, 20 years old, was found lying in the
street of the 1600 block of Euclid St. NW suffering from apparent
multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Washington Hospital
Center's MedSTAR where he was pronounced dead May 25.
Freddie Aikens, 22 years old, was shot during a
carnival, following an argument in the parking lot of RFK stadium
(next door to D.C. General!) and brought to Howard University
Hospital, where he died May 28.
Jason Renarda Faison, 28 years old, found lying in
the parking lot of a gas station on the 2800 block of Sherman Ave. NW
with multiple gunshot wounds. He was transported to Washington
Hospital Center's MedSTAR Unit where he died May 29.
Melvin Ball, a 48-year old male, was found with
multiple gunshot wounds to the head and the body in the 200 block of
62nd St. NE, and transported to Prince George's General Hospital,
where he died on June 2..
Alexander A. Gray, 22 years old, was shot in the
chest in a confrontation with the police at the 4300 block of 4th St.
SE, and transported to Howard University Hospital, where he died on
Terence Billingsley, 29 year old, who shot a woman,
and then shot himself, in the 100 block of Wilmington Pl. SE. He was
taken to Prince George's Community Hospital, and pronounced dead five
hours later on June 9.
Tamiko Hagler, a female, was found with a gunshot
wound to her neck at the 100 block of N St. NW, and transported to
Washington Hospital Center, MedSTAR, where she died on June 10.
Marlon Francisco Morales, 32 years old, was shot
while on patrol as Metro Transit Police Officer at the U Street Metro
Station. Officer Morales was brought to Washington Hospital Center
where he succumbed of his wounds on June 13.
Name unknown, male, was found lying in front of
4625 Central Ave. NE with gunshot wounds to the back. He was
transported to Prince George's Community Hospital where he was
pronounced dead on June 14.
In contrast to these incidents, over the weekend of
June 9th, a young man suffering from 7 bullet wounds, who was driven to DC
General by a friend, walked into the hospital. He had insisted on coming
to DCGH, and had a friend drive him there, because he believed he could
get the best care there, and he knew DC General would not accept Level 1
trauma patients if he came in by ambulance. He was immediately operated on
by DCGH's expert trauma surgeons, and his life was saved.
Another case of morbidity: A woman having an ectopic
pregnancy, which requires immediate surgery, or the fallopian tube can
burst, and/or you could bleed to death was refused admission to Greater
Southeast for 24 hours, because they had no room. And DCGH is forbidden to
provide care for OBGYN patients -- it's ordered to send them to Greater
Southeast. So DC General simply kept her alive, with transfusions, as she
was bleeding profusely until she could be transferred 24 hours later to
Compiled by The Coalition To Save DC General Hospital
To report other incidents or for more information, call
Lynne Speed at 202-544-7087