Woman dies in ER lobby as 911 refuses to help
June 14, 2007
Can this be real? It is unfortunate that the California’s Tort Reform is going to protect hospitals who simply do not care and should not be in business. Once again, it is the victim who is victimized once again. This is just sad and unfortunately very real.
LOS ANGELES – A woman who lay bleeding on the emergency room floor of a troubled inner-city hospital died after 911 dispatchers refused to contact paramedics or an ambulance to take her to another facility, newly released tapes of the emergency calls reveal.
Edith Isabel Rodriguez, 43, died of a perforated bowel on May 9 at Martin Luther King Jr.-Harbor Hospital. Her death was ruled accidental by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.
Relatives said Rodriguez was bleeding from the mouth and writhing in pain for 45 minutes while she was at a hospital waiting area. Experts have said she could have survived had she been treated early enough.
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