|Celso Heredia. Photo: NYPD|
UPDATE: Heredia has been found. See Brooklyn Eagle story.
Nurses are frantic that Celso Heredia, with no known family and who does not speak English, is wandering the streets -- or worse.
Several news sources have documented the story so far, including Pix 11, the NY Times and the Brooklyn Eagle.
Here is what is known:
- SUNY Downstate administrators discharged the helpless man from LICH at roughly 11 p.m. Thursday night, and bought him a bus ticket to Florida, where he has no known friends or relatives, scheduled to leave at Friday morning at 7:45 a.m.
- Nurses objected to evicting him with no one to care for him, and caused him to miss his bus.
- Suny Downstate bought him a plane ticket and arranged for a SUNY van to bring him to the airport, still with no one to pick him up at the destination.
- PIX 11 discovered the plan and asked SUNY what the hell were they doing with Heredia.
- SUNY canceled the plane ticket.
- Heredia stayed safely at LICH over the weekend.
- On Wednesday afternoon, as LICH was thrown into chaos by SUNY administrators handing out pink slips (technically administrative leave) to 650 employees, Heredia "disappeared."
- SUNY originally said that, despite scores of new surveillance cameras installed all over the hospital, no video existed of Heredia leaving the hospital.
- PIX 11 discovered the existence of video footage.
- It was discovered that Heredia left through a first floor door that required a security code or card possessed only by SUNY administrators and armed guards, and not by nurses.
- Someone opened this door for Heredia.
- Heredia has not been seen since.
Was he pushed out onto Hicks Street, or smuggled past more than ten police cars that were parked directly outside the door?
- Nurses, who cared for Heredia for more than a month after he was found wandering the BQE in June, are frantic that he will wind up dead.
- SUNY placed from 5 - 7 nurses on unpaid leave for "losing" Heredia, though the nurses are followed around the hospital from room to room by the more than 100 armed guards working for SUNY.
- Police issued a Silver Alert.
- Suspicion grows that SUNY administrators had Heredia dumped somewhere.
- The NYS Attorney General is investigating elder abuse.
If you see Celso Heredia, please don't let him out of your sight, and call 1-800-577-TIPS(8477).
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