2018年的8月某一天晚上，23歲的Jiawen Liu在曼哈頓31街的沃爾科特酒店附近徘徊，當時她的精神狀態很不穩定，她的家人把她帶到貝爾維尤醫院求醫，但沒有被立即接受處理，讓他們隔天早上再帶她過來診治，但很不幸地，Jiawen Liu 就在當天晚上從酒店跳下來身亡。
紐約市健康與醫院/貝爾維尤醫院中心成立於1736年3月31日，是美國最古老的公立醫院。貝爾維尤醫院位於紐約市曼哈頓基普斯灣附近的第一大道462號，也是FDNY EMS Station 08（原紐約市EMS Station 13）的所在地。
包括著名的MD 安德森癌症中心 M.D. Anderson Cancer Center和纪念斯隆-凯特琳癌症中心 Memorial Sloan Kettering Hospital等有名醫院
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Jacobi
1400 Pelham Parkway South
Bronx, New York 10461
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln
234 East 149th Street
Bronx, New York 10451
- NYC Health + Hospitals/North Central Bronx
3424 Kossuth Avenue
Bronx, New York 10467
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Bellevue
462 First Avenue
New York, New York 10016
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Harlem
506 Lenox Avenue
New York, New York 10037
- NYC Health + Hospitals/Metropolitan
1901 First Avenue
New York, New York 10029
She didn’t have to die.
A young Brooklyn woman jumped to her death from a Midtown hotel because a city hospital failed to give her the care she needed, her parents charged in a lawsuit.
Jiawen Liu, 23, had been acting “erratically” near the Wolcott hotel on East 31st Street one night in August 2018, and was brought to Bellevue Hospital for a psychiatric evaluation, her family said in the legal filing against the city and the hospital.
Concerned friends showed up to check on Liu, but were allegedly turned away by Bellevue staff who urged the pals to leave their contact information and “come back in the morning” because Liu was going to be evaluated, according to court papers.
Instead, the hospital’s “premature discharge” led to tragedy, her family alleges. Just a couple of hours after Liu was released, she was found dead on the second-floor balcony of the Wolcott.
The hospital let Liu leave “without notice to any caregiver, friend or family member,” even though she was “at risk for self-harm and suicide,” the family claimed.
“This all could have been avoided if they cared,” fumed attorney Robert Fellows, who is representing Liu’s parents, the petitioning co-administrators of her estate. “They didn’t care. All they had to do was admit this woman, stabilize her and give her the psychiatric help she needed.”
“It was goodbye and they discharged her,” Fellows said.
After she was released from Bellevue, Liu Ubered to the Wolcott at 5:20 a.m. and went to the rooftop where she carried out her death wish.
Liu’s suicide “arose from the medical negligence” of the city hospital, the Manhattan Supreme Court suit alleges.
“She didn’t receive care consistent with good and acceptable emergency medicine and psychiatric care,” Fellows said. “You just don’t show someone the door. This could have been avoided by a simple phone call.”
The attorney said the “fashion-oriented, artistic” Liu, who hailed from China, had been supervising exchange students from her native land who came to New York City to study film.
An HHC spokeswoman declined to comment, citing patient confidentiality laws.