Saturday, October 19th 2013

Missing Patients

I’ve never heard of anything like what happened at San Francisco General Hospital. Very tragic and very strange.

Family and friends of a patient who disappeared from her room only to be found dead in a hospital stairwell more than two weeks later demanded answers from authorities and medical officials, who said they, too, were horrified at what happened to Lynne Spalding.

“We need to know what Lynne’s condition was. We need to know what she was being treated for and frankly we need to know what medications she was on and what state of mind she was in,” Spalding’s friend and family spokesman David Perry said

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Spalding had been missing for 17 days before she was found on Tuesday in a fourth-floor stairwell during a routine check. San Francisco General Hospital Chief Operating Officer Roland Pickens told the San Francisco Chronicle the stairwell was several hundred feet from the unit where Spalding was being treated.

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Spalding was taken to the hospital because she had lost weight and appeared disoriented and weak, and her family and friends were concerned about her physical state. She was admitted for a bladder or urinary tract infection on Sept. 19 and was reported missing from her room two days later.

Spalding’s relatives and friends spent days “scouring the streets of San Francisco with fliers because we were under the assumption that San Francisco General had been searched and Lynne was not here,” Perry said at a news conference at the hospital.

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