The deaf, mute and autistic girl who vanished after getting launched from a Queens hospital on Christmas Eve was discovered Saturday — and survived by dwelling on the subways for 3 weeks.
Samantha Primus’ sister Ghislaine Primus and two good Samaritans positioned the lacking girl on the Bowling Inexperienced station in Decrease Manhattan after getting a tip she was driving the 1 practice.
“My coronary heart fell, my coronary heart fell,” Ghislaine mentioned at a night press convention.
Samantha was dehydrated, 10 kilos lighter and had swollen ft, she mentioned.
“She was sporting slippers and a pair of socks in … this chilly, and she or he survived leaping from practice to coach, trying and hoping that she was going to get residence. And we discovered her,” added Ghislaine and Samantha’s sister, Sophia Primus.
Samantha is now being handled at Methodist Hospital in Park Slope, her household mentioned, as they weigh their authorized choices towards Queens Hospital Middle, which they declare prematurely discharged the 46-year-old on a freezing chilly evening.
Samantha left her sister Joanna Peck’s Elmont home, the place she was staying for the vacations, early Dec. 23 in an effort to seek out her approach again to her mom’s home in Brooklyn.
That night, a bystander in Queens discovered Samantha mendacity on the bottom in 18-degree climate in obvious want of assist.
EMS took her to Queens Hospital Middle, however the workers let the deaf and nonverbal girl stroll again out at 2 a.m. — when temperatures hit a frigid 7 levels — with nothing however a listing of homeless shelters.
“If they’d executed their obligation, my sister wouldn’t have gone by these horrendous three weeks within the chilly. An apology won’t ever be sufficient. We surprise what hearts and heads work at this hospital,” Sophia mentioned, including her sister arrived on the hospital with no identification.
The household is now pursuing authorized motion towards the hospital, claiming the hospital uncared for to take the right care in discharging the disabled girl and are actually refusing to provide them info.
“If the Nassau County police report is correct, then clearly this hospital was not solely negligent however heartless, and applicable authorized motion might be instituted,” the household’s lawyer, Sanford Rubenstein, mentioned. “Town must be held accountable for the actions of those that work for them of their hospitals.”
Samantha is deaf, nonverbal and on the autism spectrum.Courtesy of the Primus household
Samantha’s household has spent the final three weeks always trying to find her, paying additional shut consideration to the trains as most tipsters reported seeing her driving the rails.
Regardless of that, no law enforcement officials patrolling the subways got here involved with the lady, mentioned Rev. Kevin McCall of the Disaster Motion Middle.
Samantha was launched from the hospital at 2 a.m. Christmas Eve with a listing of homeless shelters.Courtesy of the Primus household
“So many law enforcement officials are patrolling the subway system however not one police officer discovered her. They had been proper there,” McCall mentioned.
The NYPD and New York Metropolis Well being & Hospitals, which runs Queens Hospital Middle, didn’t instantly remark.
However in a earlier assertion, NYC H+H famous HIPAA laws stop the disclosure of particulars a few affected person’s care with out the particular person’s consent.
“We see sufferers who want numerous ranges of care in all our emergency division and afford them the confidentiality of therapy because the legislation gives,” it mentioned.