(UPI) --A North Carolina mother is suing AlliedBarton Security Services after she says they put her son in a taxi and sent him home even though he was already dead.
Cumberland County Hospital on Nov. 22, 2011.
had been going to the hospital for 10 years for treatment for recurrent
pneumonia associated with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. On Nov. 14, A'Darrin
was admitted to the hospital and misdiagnosed with bacterial pneumonia.
he was correctly diagnosed with fungal pneumonia and given the proper
medication, the hospital said he was ready to be discharged on Nov. 21
even though he was still feeling weak and ill.
called a taxi service to take A'Darrin home the next day, AlliedBarton
Security guards moved him from a wheelchair and into the cab, according
to his mother.
"(A) nurse called for security to escort Mr.
Washington from his hospital bed to the lobby for discharge because Mr.
Washington was allegedly 'uncooperative' and 'refusing to talk or
move,'" the complaint states. "Mr. Washington was unresponsive due to
the fact that he was dying."
Deborah Washington claims that the
guards put her son in the taxi and even crossed his legs. When he
arrived at home after a 45-minute trip, he was "unresponsive and cold to
She is seeking compensatory and punitive damages for negligence, wrongful death and negligent infliction of emotional distress.