Family alleges Rakea Parker refused help at 3 hospitals

A Northern Virginia family wants answers after a 25-year-old woman was allegedly turned away from three local hospitals before going into cardiac arrest.


The woman, Rakea Parker, of Lorton, is now on life support at Prince William hospital. She reportedly suffered a pulmonary embolism. She died Friday morning.

“Anger is not the word for it - I am furious,” said Elaine Parker, Rakea’s mother. “Four hospitals later I wouldn't be here.”

Rakea’s family said when she was suffering from breathing problems, she went to one Northern Virginia emergency last week to get help. The hospital reportedly told her to leave and even threatened to call police if she didn’t go away.

“We can't find anything wrong with you we're discharging you,” Elaine Parker said the staff told Rakea. “She says, ‘I can't breathe.’”

So Rakea went to two more local hospitals – and they allegedly turned her away too.

“One doctor just said you're a drug addict and just here for drugs,” said Joanne Harrison, a friend.

Weak and in pain, struggling to breathe, Rakea arrived at Prince William hospital.

“With her not being able to breathe she was determined to get help. as you see this is the fourth hospital that she's at,” said Michelle Warmack, Rakea’s sister.

The hospital took her seriously and ran blood tests, said Harrison. That’s when they saw her white blood cell count was high, she said.

But Rakea collapsed and has been unconscious for a week.

“She just loves life and it's unfortunate that hers is where it is right now,” Warmack said.