Hospital accused of "dumping" an elderly woman

A Californian woman said that a Long Beach hospital had placed her mother, who has Alzheimer's disease, in a taxi, and then dropped her in the middle of the night outside the care center where she lives. Costanza Zerbi says that Alzheimer's disease has left her mother with the cognitive abilities of a small child and that she can not be left alone. She says that seeing images of the safety of 84-year-old Savina Zerbi trying to enter her care facility is heartbreaking.

"It's really sad, I mean, it's my mother who was driving a year ago," Zerbi said. CBS Los Angeles. She said, "It's like taking a child and throwing him on the street in the middle of the night.This is crazy.It's criminal."

The hospital, Long Beach University Medical Center, issued a statement stating that Savina Zerbi wanted to be taken home and complied with all the rules on discharge from the patient.

The security footage shows Savina attempting to open the entrance door of the Regency Palms Memory Care Home at 2:17 am on January 13th. She is also seen pacing in an alley and coming back several times before entering, but we do not know how she ended up entering.

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Surveillance footage shows Savina Zerbi, 84, in front of her retirement home in the middle of the night in Long Beach, California.

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<p>Costanza Zerbi said that the hospital knew that his mother was suffering from Alzheimer 's disease and was supposed to warn him at the exit of the hospital. She says her mother was extremely restless the night she arrived at the hospital. After spending four hours in the <a target=emergency room he had been told that Savina would be admitted. The girl then returned home and a few hours later she received a call from Regency Palms announcing the return of her mother.

"My mother is lucky not to be lost, kidnapped or injured," she said.

According to state registers, regulators who oversee hospitals across the state discovered five deficiencies last year at College Medical Center. For a hospital of this size – 121 beds – the average deficiencies observed in one year do not exceed two, reports the CBS LA. State officials say that there is an active investigation into what happened.

Costanza Zerbi was informed that representatives from the College Medical Center would meet her to discuss the incident.

"I hope they will excuse themselves," she said.

She says that it is certainly possible that her mother insisted that she go home alone but that the hospital knew that she was suffering from Alzheimer's disease and was the doctors said that his mother was not in a position to make a decision herself.