The medical staff at a downtown Kansas City entertainment venue explained Monday why they didn't send a concert goer to the hospital after a fall, while her father says she shouldn't have to bear her medical costs by herself.
Madison Monk 19, is hospitalized with a serious head injury that she suffered after slipping and falling. Monk was perched atop a railing at the Midland Theatre when she lost her balance Friday night.
She wound up at North Kansas City Hospital in intensive care, battling a blood clot in her brain. She may need brain surgery.
But the treatment she got at the Midland has her father and boyfriend concerned.
"Today, she is in a lot of pain and crying, and it's just an awful situation," Monk's dad, John Monk, said.
He says his daughter has no insurance and faces a hefty medical bill. He believes the Midland and its operator, AEG Live, should help out with expenses.
"She said she was sitting on a rail. Somebody walked past her. She kind of slipped," John Monk said.
Monk's boyfriend, Eric Harter, says she teetered off backwards and was knocked out for more than a minute.
Harter says she got some medical care at the theater, but when they let her go, something still didn't seem right.
"She just kept asking the same questions over again, acting different and weird," Harter said.
So he rushed her to the hospital where doctors had some frightening news.
"Her brain is bleeding and it is swollen up. Then they found a blood clot in her brain," John Monk said.
Kansas City Medical, which is contracted to provide first-aid treatment at the Midland, said Madison Monk signed a release in which she refused treatment.
"We always offer transport to the hospital via ambulance for further evaluation, and if the ill or injured subject refuses care and/or transport and they are 18 years of age and are alert and oriented to person, place, time and situation, we as health-care professionals have to have permission for their care. If they refuse care and transport, we require everyone to sign a refusal form for transport," the company said in a statement.
John Monk says his daughter contends she did not sign any such document.
"She said she did not sign anything, but then again, she probably doesn't remember," he said."She obviously didn't know what was going on . . . she was repeating herself over and over, saying the same things."
Unclear is whether the underage teen had been drinking or had been served alcohol illegally before she fell.
"When a kid or anybody falls down and is knocked out, they should have medical attention and be put in a freaking ambulance and sent to the hospital," John Monk said.
Doctors told the family the blood clot stopped growing, so they are planning to move her out of the ICU and home before long, but she'll need careful monitoring for months.
"If the blood clot doesn't go away, they're going to have to do brain surgery," John Monk said.
And her parents are worried about seizures too.
Monk was just preparing to move into her own place, but now they're keeping her at home to watch her.
"It's pretty rough, nobody wants to see their kid like that, and not have any control over it," John Monk said.
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