A man in need of medical treatment spent days on a sidewalk right outside Queen’s Medical Center
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A man in need of medical treatment spent days on a sidewalk right outside Hawaii’s largest hospital.
Good Samaritans have been helping 59-year-old Timothy Walker, who’s been on the sidewalk outside the Queen’s Medical Center ER for the past week — surrounded by flies and ants.
Walker said he’s homeless and went to the area outside of Queen’s because he needed help.
He claims he has a broken hip, among other problems.
Walker has been treated at Queen’s at least twice this month, most recently last Friday.
Because of medical privacy laws, it’s unclear why he was released.
But those caring for him say he needs more help.
“I think there’s an obligation, at least on the people who work there, to take care of him and try to help him,” said Robin Bond, who noticed Walker last Tuesday in front of the hospital.
“He can’t get any closer than where he is.”
Tiana Wilbur works at the state Capitol, not Queen’s Medical Center.
But when she learned a homeless man in poor health had been lying for more than a week outside the emergency room, the former medical assistant went to work caring for him.
“Nobody should be living in these means. The visual is just very sad,” said Wilbur.
Queen’s said in a statement that it’s there mission to care for all the people of Hawaii.
“Our security teams routinely patrol our hospital grounds, and whenever someone is in need of resources or health care, we extend an offer of assistance,” the hospital said.
On Tuesday afternoon, the city’s homeless outreach team took Walker to the Punawai Rest Stop.
He was later admitted to Straub Medical Center.
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