Whether you are a man or a woman being black in America is never easy. People will make assumptions and draw their own conclusions about you before you can open your mouth to speak the truth.
Assumptions cost a 30-year-old woman her life, a mother lost a daughter and worst of all, three children lost their mother.
Nicole Black says she had resort to rushing her daughter Crystle Galloway to a Tampa hospital after medics claimed she couldn’t afford to ride in an ambulance.
It all began on July 4 when Black received a call from her 7-year-old granddaughter stating her mother was in trouble. Living in close proximity, Black rushed to the apartment where she found her daughter slumped over the tub and drooling.
Immediately she called 911 and told dispatchers the woman was “drooling from the mouth.” Based on this, symptoms show the woman may have suffered a stroke.
However, paramedics failed to provide proper assistance.“They didn’t take any vitals. They didn’t take any blood pressure. They didn’t check her temperature,” Black said. Furthermore, Black says she told the two medic units that responded that her daughter had recently undergone a C-section.
Shockingly, the medics failed to follow the most basic procedures such as asking for insurance. It’s important to note, the four medics have over 25 years of experience between them.
“They never asked us if we had insurance, which we do,” Black told WPBF-TV. Loading her daughter into the into the back of her car, medics affirmed this was the best option, given they could afford the emergency ride.
Medics insisted it was Black who chose to drive the woman to the hospital. Her condition worsened and she had to be airlifted by helicopter across town to Tampa General Hospital.
Unfortunately, she fell into a coma and died days later. A disciplinary hearing for the four medics has been tentatively set for July 31. A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help the family.
“I cannot trust these individuals to work under my medical license,” wrote Fire Rescue medical director Michael Lozano, in a statement. “I feel they do not meet the minimum standards set by myself and the department.”
Source: The Root