updated 12/10/2009 6:36:59 PM ET 2009-12-10T23:36:59

A woman says she was ignored for so long at a Las Vegas hospital that she went home and gave birth to a premature baby that later died.

Nevada State Board of Nursing administrator Debra Scott wouldn't provide specifics about the complaint stemming from 25-year-old Roshunda Abney's attempt to get treatment Nov. 30 at University Medical Center, the region's only public hospital.

Witnesses who were in the waiting room have corroborated accounts by Abney and her fiance, Raffinee Dewberry. They say a nursing aide told them to mind their own business or they wouldn't see a physician themselves.

Hospital chief Kathy Silver has promised action against those responsible if the allegations are true.

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