[June 15, 2007 @ 8:05 am] David Hogberg

A woman dies while on the waiting room floor:

The facility, already downsized in a multimillion-dollar reform effort, came under renewed scrutiny with release of 911 calls seeking help for a woman who lay dying and unattended on the floor of the emergency room last month.

Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, died of a perforated bowel on May 9. Her death was ruled accidental by the county coroner’s office.

Another man waits for his life-saving surgery:

…in February a man with a brain tumor waited four days in the emergency room when he needed to be transferred to another facility for lifesaving brain surgery.

Is this Canada or the U.K.? No, it’s right here in the United States, at the MLK Jr.-Harbor Hospital in Los Angeles.

And MLK-Harbor is a government-run hospital.

For more on its deplorable state, read the article in the Orange County Register.

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