Jeff Stryker, "H.I.V. Patients Get Fresh Hopes for Donor Organs," The New York Times, December 11, 2001
Theotis Little, 36, was taken to Barnes Hospital Oct. 13 after he was stabbed in the back during a quarrel. He spent nearly three hours at Barnes, undergoing X-rays and other tests which determined that the blade of the knife was nicking his spinal cord. Doctors decided that surgery was necessary, but because of a hospital policy under which many indigent patients are not admitted, Little was transferred to City Hospital with the knife still lodged to the hilt in his back, police said. . .
Indigent patients frequently are transferred from private hospitals to public facilities such as City Hospital or St. Louis County Hospital, which are required to admit such patients, he said. However, City Hospital doctors said Barnes accounts for the vast majority of patients who "receive negative wallet biopsies."
"Hospital Defends Decision Not to Treat Man With Knife in Back," The Associated Press, October 27, 1980
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