Woman died of blood clot in lung after being forced from hospital: police

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Police say a Florida woman who collapsed after police arrested her for refusing to leave a Florida hospital when doctors discharged her died from a blood clot in her lung.

Blountstown Police Chief Mark Mallory said in a statement Wednesday that the medical examiner’s office in Panama City found that 57-year-old Barbara Dawson died from blood clots due to being excessively overweight.

The autopsy report, police report and dashcam footage of the incident have not been released.

Police say Dawson collapsed Monday while being escorted in handcuffs from the Liberty Calhoun Hospital, where she went for treatment for breathing difficulties. She was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and trespassing when she refused to leave.

Tallahassee attorney Daryl Parks is representing Dawson’s family. He says doctors thought Dawson was stable and should be released but that she felt as if she still had breathing issues and wanted to stay.


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