LORTON, Va. (WUSA) -- A young Fairfax County woman is dead after her family says she was turned away from three different hospitals.
"I am so mad. They could've been the hospital to save her," said Elaine Parker, Rakea's mother. She and her daughter's siblings and friends say hospital staffs did not believe she was severely ill until she collapsed into cardiac arrest. She died of a pulmonary embolism, according to Elaine Parker.
Her mother, Elaine Parker, says, "Rakea was treated worse than a dog."
"My poor sister tried everything. She kept saying, 'my chest hurt, I need help,' and nobody would help her," said Rakia Parker, her twin sister.
Rakea's sister-in-law Diana Lutchery says she took her to Potomac Hospital on March 7 because she was complaining of chest pains. Hours later, she went back to check on her.