[toggle title=”QUICK STATS. CLICK TO VIEW QUICK STATS ON THIS LOCATION”]Built: 1908
Location: South East Pennsylvania
Status: Privately Owned
Reason: Poor Treatments, Patient Abuse
Abandoned Pennhurst State School and Hospital located in Pennsylvania opened in 1908 as a school and hospital for the mentally ill and challenged individuals. Most of the patients admitted to Pennhurst were young children. They were either sent to Pennhurst as court ordered or parents would drop them off with no love and to move on. Pennhurst was suppose to help these children get back into society but that failed. As years went on, the campus became overcrowded. They had about 2000 more patients then the campus was suppose to handle. They were also very under staffed and the state would not give them a lot of money.
The patients were also abused physically and sexually. They would have their teeth removed if they bite, they would have fingers, toes, and jaws broken if they were bad. One patient lose an eye and another damaged. It turned into a place of abuse then a place of love and help.
In 1986, Pennhurst was ordered to close. A former patient once released went to court and sued Pennhurst for awful living and abuse. That patient won the case and Pennhurst was ordered to close. When it closed, most patients able to live on their own were released. A lot of those patients who are still alive live in the Spring City / Royersford Pennsylvania Area.
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