Family members are looking for answers after a brain surgery patient clad only in a hospital gown was left wandering in an unfamiliar neighborhood after the University of Washington Medical Center sent him home in a taxi.
KOMO-TV said that James Absten Sr. had gone to the medical center Thursday for tests. When he checked out OK, the center sent him home in a taxi. But Absten was too disoriented to give the right address. The station said nearby residents found him standing in the cold and rain, wearing only the gown and socks. They helped get him home.
KOMO reported that the medical center sometimes uses taxis when private rides can’t be arranged. But it said the center acknowledges something went wrong and that an investigation is under way.