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Deaf, blind man called example of ‘patient dumping’
San Francisco Chronicle

Timothy Martin is deaf, blind and homeless, and in April he stumbled off a one-way ride from a Reno mental hospital onto the streets of San Francisco.

He found his way to a bar in the Castro neighborhood where, he says, he was thrown out and wound up crying on the sidewalk until an ambulance took him to San Francisco General Hospital.

Since then, the 47-year-old Martin has lost a leg, run up hundreds of thousands of dollars in emergency medical bills, and landed in the city’s Laguna Honda long-term rehabilitation hospital.