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Girl dies after hospital denies mother help

Not all Maryland medical malpractice claims are the result of a surgical error or bad diagnosis. Sometimes the lack of care given to an individual can be just as deadly, especially in cases surrounding mental health. That appears to have been the case for one woman whose family is now accusing a hospital of negligence for refusing care.

Reminding everyone across the country how truly serious mental health really is, a Los Angeles mother recently drowned her one-year-old daughter after being refused psychiatric help at a local hospital. The woman went to the hospital at the insistence of her husband. However, she was not treated because she is an illegal immigrant and does not have the necessary paperwork.

The family is now seeking legal counsel so that they can sue the hospital for negligence.

According to the family, the woman had shown signs of severe depression recently. She even asked one of her relatives if they would take care of her two children if anything happened to her.

The mother of two was arrested on suspicion of murder and attempted murder and is currently being held on bail. According to reports, the woman attempted to drown her five-year-old daughter as well but was stopped by the girl's father after he returned home from the grocery store. The five year old was taken to a hospital and remains in serious condition.

Mental health should not be taken lightly. When someone is in need of help, physicians have a duty to care for them. Despite the woman's lack of documentation, she should have received the care she so desperately needed. If she had, her daughter may still be alive.

Source: Los Angeles Times, "Drowned girl's mom sought mental help, was rebuffed, relative says," Feb. 16, 2012

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