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A model seeking anti-anxiety medication just a week after she was sexually assaulted was mistakenly committed to a psychiatric ward at a hospital in New York City, she claimed.
Thirty-nine-year-old Abeba Davis says she was put through yet another traumatic experience by medical professionals at Queens Hospital Center, after visiting the hospital’s emergency room in January 2021 to obtain anti-anxiety medication for her treatment following the assault.
But when her social worker left the room momentarily, Davis was reportedly made to take her clothes off, given unknown pills, and ultimately committed to a psych ward where she was exposed to COVID-positive and mentally disturbed patients, the model claims.
All the while she actively told hospital staff she was sane and begged them to call her social worker.
‘I’m begging. ”Please, I’m not crazy.” And they’re like, ”Yeah, yeah,” because the person next to me is also saying they’re not crazy,’ Davis told the New York Daily News in tears.
‘No one hears me, I was just like nothing to them. I was just a naked black girl sitting in the corner begging to get out saying, ”I’m not crazy. I’m not crazy.”’
Davis told the outlet the traumatic events affected her so severely she had to move to Florida in order to leave behind the ordeal. The model has since filed a lawsuit with Queens Supreme Court against the hospital.
‘It’s that worst nightmare where you know the more you try to get the attention of the orderlies to tell them you’re not crazy, the more that you are playing into the narrative for an orderly that you should be there,’ Davis’s attorney, William Igbokwe, said.
DailyMail.com has reached out to NYC Health+/Hospitals- the agency that operates Queen’s Hospital Center – for comment.
Thirty-nine-year-old Abeba Davis says she was put through yet another traumatic experience by medical professionals just a week after she was sexually assaulted
Davis claims staff at Queens Hospital Center committed her to the psych ward during a routine medication pick-up
Davis had already experienced a series of tragedies in 2020, losing her father and suffering a heart attack that nearly cost her life.
‘What was supposed [to be] a minor trip to the ER for [flu-like] symptoms ended up with me suffering a heart attack and having to get emergency cardiac surgery,’ she wrote on Instagram in September 2020.
She continued: ‘Waking up the next day I was confused, intubated, and in total shock of my surroundings.’
‘When they finally removed my breathing tube and I was coherent enough, I was told what happened to me and that I “coded” during the procedure and was very lucky to be alive.’
Just months after the health scare, Davis became a victim of sexual abuse in late December 2020.
According to the Daily News, Davis filed charges with the New York Police Department, and her attacker pled guilty to a non-criminal violation in November.
On January 8, 2021, Davis had an appointment with her social worker to obtain anti-anxiety medication to help with her emotional distress in the aftermath of the traumatic incident.
Following the social worker’s instructions, Davis arrived at Queens Hospital Center’s emergency room.
‘She didn’t say anything about me getting a psychiatric evaluation,’ Davis said.
Davis said the traumatic events affected her so severely she had to move to Florida in order to leave behind the ordeal. The model has since filed a lawsuit with Queens Supreme Court against the hospital
Davis had already experienced a series of tragedies in 2020. She had lost her father and suffered a heart attack that nearly cost her life
Davis said when her social worker left briefly, she was taken to a different room by a nurse who proceeded to make questions.
She was then taken to another area of the hospital, where a security guard stood by a metal door. Davis was asked to remove her clothes and given a paper sheet to cover her chest area, she claimed.
Davis said she was then asked to give her phone, jewelry, and clothes for the nurse to store while she was in the psychiatric ward of the hospital.
When she was admitted, David came into contact with several mental health patients. Among them, a naked man who paced the room while screaming, and a COVID-19 patient who was not wearing a mask, Davis said.
Hospital staff allegedly told her if she didn’t relax, she would be kept indefinitely at the facility, and instructed her to swallow two pills – without informing Davis what they contained -, she recounted.
Davis told the Daily News she believes she stayed in the psych ward for about ten hours before her social worker arrived in the ward and she begged to be released.
‘(The social worker) even said they messed up by taking me in like that and she was sorry this happened to me,’ Davis said.
Hospital records obtained by the Daily News do not explain what led staff at the hospital to commit Davis.
‘Patient has no mood or psychotic symptoms, denies suicidal/homicidal ideations,’ Davis’ records stated. ‘Patient has fair insight and judgment.’