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United Hospital Immune from Suit After Turning Away Teen Who Had Attempted Suicide and Later Killed

On May 10, 2010, Kirk Lloyd, age 17, tried to commit suicide by wrapping himself in a blanket and setting it on fire. When his mother entered his bedroom, the fire was put out and Kirk assured his mother that the fire was an accident. The next day he admitted to his mother that he had in fact been attempting to commit suicide, and they went to United Hospital in St. Paul to have him admitted to the adolescent psychiatric unit. Although both a counselor and physician determined that Kirk should be admitted to the unit, he waited for hours in the emergency room until hospital staff determined not to admit him and discharge him to home. Kirk committed suicide two days later. Kirk's mother, Meli

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