A lawsuit claims that a kidney patient was held in custody and violently interrogated by personnel at the hospital where he was being treated.
Hughie Robinson, 52, was a patient at St. Louis’ Barnes-Jewish Hospital. He was in the last stages of renal failure. He spent four days in the hospital in April 2021, being medicated and preparing for a probable kidney transplant which never occurred. According to the lawsuit filed in St. Louis Circuit Court, Robinson was taken home in a debilitated and befuddled state.
After he left, the hospital called and informed him that he had forgot his wallet. They told him to park in the carport on Euclid Avenue and Forest Park Parkway. Robinson came to get the wallet but couldn’t recall where he parked his car, as he typically parked in a separate garage. Hospital security officers observed the disoriented, wandering patient.
Surveillance video from the hospital shows armed security charging at Robinson and throwing him to the floor. According to the lawsuit, considering his parking garage ticket and hospital bracelet, they accused him of attempting to steal cars.
“Barnes guards kept Hughie handcuffed in an interrogation chamber in the basement of the hospital. In this windowless room, one of the Barnes guards, a tall, heavy-set man with a buzz cut, smashed Hughie’s head into the wall with his forearm.”
Two guards were seen on video beating Robinson in the interrogation room, and he yelled out that they were harming him. “Good,” one of them said.
According to the lawsuit, even when the staff established that Robinson was a patient and not a car thief, they ridiculed him for driving an outdated Buick. They threatened to “do this whole thing again” if he was ever “anywhere on the property again.”
Robinson had to visit on a regular basis due to his kidney issue. Fearing another assault, he frequently requested that his lawyer, Rick Voytas, accompany him to sessions.
Hughie Robinson died of his illness after suing last year. Chelsea Robinson, his daughter, will now be representing him in his assault, battery, and false imprisonment complaint against Barnes-Jewish Hospital.