A Brooklyn teenager who was rushed to the hospital after fainting on a subway train said an emergency room worker who was supposed to be taking her blood pressure sexually abused her.
The 18-year-old victim, whose name has not been released, boarded an A train at the Jay St.-MetroTech Station around noon Thursday to meet some friends at Chelsea Piers, according to the New York Daily News. She then began to feel dizzy and nauseated.
“The next thing I know, I blacked out,” she said. The teen said she remembered EMTs lifting her onto a stretcher, but said she couldn’t open her eyes or speak. The next thing she remembered was her mother’s voice in the emergency room at Brooklyn Hospital Center and the sound of a curtain closing.
The worker asked the victim’s mother to step to the other side of the curtain so he could check the girl’s blood pressure.
“I remember a nurse or someone trying to put a blood-pressure cuff around my arm,” the victim said. “That’s when I started to wake up.” The worker allegedly grabbed her hand and put it on his crotch several times.
The victim said she remembered thinking, “Open your eyes so you can see his face.” When the worker left, she told her mother what happened.
“I was beyond shocked,” the mother said. The victim’s father rushed to the hospital and called police, but the hospital worker came back and said he needed to run an EKG. The father told him to leave, and by the time police arrived, the worker was gone.
“She’s traumatized,” the father said. “I just want some justice for my daughter.”
Brooklyn Hospital said in a statement, “Patient safety is our number one priority. This is a police matter, and we are cooperating fully. The individual who was accused has been placed on leave pending the outcome of the investigation.”
Earlier this year, a senior citizen who was a patient at Temple University Hospital claimed that a female nurse in her 20s raped him in a bathroom in the middle of the night. The nurse offered to give the patient a bath, and things escalated from there. The hospital determined that no sexual assault occurred and said they found “no basis to support the claim.”
At Harlem Hospital in June, a man sexually assaulted and urinated on an emergency room patient. The man was charged with committing a criminal sex act, and taken to Bellevue hospital for psychiatric evaluation.