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Woman nearly freezes to death after passing out in hospital parking lot

Posted at 10:12 PM, Jan 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-30 23:19:23-05

AKRON, Ohio — Kimberly Bender was found lying on the ground, barely breathing early Saturday morning.

"I'm heartbroken, I'm angry, very angry and I want answers," said her husband Larry Bender.

Kimberly Bender left work at the Summa Health Rehab Hospital before the end of her shift Friday. She told her coworkers she was dizzy and disoriented.

Her husband Larry Bender woke up at 3 a.m. and realized she wasn't home

"I tried texting her and I tried calling her and I couldn't get a hold of her," he said.

He called the hospital and they found her around 4 a.m. laying outside, covered in snow.

She'd been there since around 8:30 p.m. the night before in 11 degree temperatures.

"They did some CPR on her said that her heart had stopped once there," said Bender. "And they took her to the emergency room and worked on her and her heart it stopped there."

She's now being cared for just steps away from where she was found at the Akron City Hospital - also owned by Summa Health. She was in intensive care for three days and is now slowly recovering.

"I feel like I failed her," said Bender.

He's now searching for answers.

"Why did you let her leave? Why wasn't I called? Why doesn't security make rounds in that parking lot?" he said. "They said they had security there, he left at 11, well my wife was laying in the parking lot by that time."

Bender said the hospital is leaving him in the dark. Summa Health emailed News 5 this statement:

"First and foremost, Summa Health and Summa Rehab Hospital are profoundly concerned about the health and well-being of this valued employee. At this point, we are still investigating this unfortunate situation and, as such, will not have any additional comments to make."

"I want the hospital to come out and say hey, we messed up. We're sorry and let the public know that they messed up," said Bender.