Family suing ambulance service after patient fled, jumped from bridge

During a transport from a court hearing to the hospital, Abdulla Ibrahim slipped out of his restraints and jumped out of the ambulance

By Rachel Engel

SAN DIEGO — The family of a man who jumped off a bridge after escaping from a moving ambulance is suing the company and the associated hospital.

Abdulla Ibrahim, 23, had spent three weeks on a mental health hold at Sharp Grossmont Hospital at the request of his family, and was being transported back to the hospital in an ambulance accompanied by an AMR paramedic and a mental health nurse from the hospital after a court hearing, NBC 7 reported.

During the transport, Ibrahim slipped out of his restraints and leaped from the moving vehicle, running to a nearby bridge, where he jumped onto a trolley platform. He was killed on impact.

Earlier this month, Ibrahim’s family filed a wrongful death suit against AMR and Sharp Grossmont Hospital.

Norman Finkelstein, the family’s attorney, said both organizations are responsible for the safety of patients.

“They should have had more restraints, they should have been able to prevent him from getting out of that ambulance,” he told NBC 7. “He was dependent on them to protect him, and they failed, they failed miserably.”

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