Shocking moment an Aboriginal teen is found abandoned outside a hospital emergency department lying in a pool of vomit as staff REFUSE to help her
- Khaliyha McKellar, 18, found collapsed in own vomit outside St Vincents Hospital
- Allegedly left to fend for herself after being discharged from Melbourne hospital
- Shocking images and vision showed her curled up unresponsive on the ground
- The hospital has since apologised to the teenager and launched an investigation
An Aboriginal teenager has disturbingly been found unresponsive outside an emergency department – with the hospital’s staff refusing to help her.
Khaliyha McKellar, 18, was found collapsed in her own vomit outside St Vincents Hospital in Melbourne on May 31.
Other patients and visitors were instead forced to stay by her side for three hours after Ms McKellar was allegedly discharged and thrown out into the cold by the hospital.
Khaliyha McKellar, 18, (pictured) was found collapsed and unresponsive outside a Melbourne hospital emergency department
Ms McKellar pictured outside the hospital. Another patient said she was forced to pull a blanket off her own bed to keep the teenager warm until her family arrived
An inpatient at St Vincents Audrey Kearns said she had to pull a blanket off her own bed to keep Ms McKellar warm until her family arrived.
She described the treatment of the young woman as a ‘travesty and a downright disgusting’ in a social media post.
‘Both myself and my roommate at the hospital had words with security pleading that she be taken back inside as she was laying there with no blanket, no shoes and was possibly at risk of choking on her own vomit,’ she said.
‘We were simply told it wasn’t their problem and she had been seen by a medical professional.’
‘They just chucked her out and “I said why are you just leaving her on the ground and they said she has already been treated”‘, Ms Kearns told 7News.
St Vincents inpatient Audrey Kearns (pictured) said she had to pull a blanket off her own hospital bed to keep Ms McKellar warm until her family arrived
The hospital has since apologised to the young indigenous teenager and launched an investigation into her treatment.
‘I’m deeply concerned about the contents of this video and the incident and what’s occurred here,’ St Vincents CEO Angela Nolan said in a statement.
‘This is not who we are and not what we are about at St Vincents and we are investigating the matter.’
After footage of the abandoned teenager was shared online, Ms McKellar confirmed it was her who was pictured outside the hospital.
She alleged on Facebook she was dragged outside the hospital while vomiting and barely able to walk.
‘That same day my heart stopped. They dragged me outside after poking their fingers in my back and while they dragged me I was collapsing and spewing – I couldn’t even walk or anything,’ she said.
Daily Mail Australia has contacted St Vincents Hospital for further comment.