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Pregnant woman, 24, dies in care of ambulance medics

Most of the time, when an Ann Arbor resident ends up in an ambulance or an emergency room, medical personnel provide competent--and often life-saving--care. However, from time to time we do hear about emergency rooms or doctors and hospitals providing inadequate medical care, leading to serious injuries or even death.

One family on the East Coast has said that a 24-year-old pregnant woman died Monday while in the care of paramedics due to unreasonable delays in treatment.

The woman was nine months pregnant when she fell down a set of stairs earlier this week, according to a news report. Her family called 911 after finding her having trouble breathing.

Although an ambulance arrived just three minutes after the 911 call, a surveillance video reportedly shows that the medics walked into the home without medical equipment. It then took them eight minutes to bring the woman out of the home, and another minute to provide her with oxygen.

After about a total of a half hour, the ambulance arrived at the emergency room, where there was trouble opening the ambulance doors. About 10 minutes later, and officer from inside the hospital came out and the doors were finally opened.

Ultimately, the woman did not survive, and the baby was delivered in an emergency cesarean section. The baby is now in intensive care.

When someone is receiving emergency medical care, timing and urgency are generally incredibly important factors, as is functioning equipment such as ambulance doors.

While all of the details of this tragic case are not yet clear, when someone in Michigan is killed or seriously injured because of an emergency room error it is often important to file a medical malpractice claim. Doing so can lead to compensation for funeral expenses, lost income and pain and suffering. It can also hold medical professionals accountable so that they do not make the same mistakes again.

Source: NBC News, "Pregnant Woman Dies, Family Blames Medics," Marisa Brahney and Lauren DiSanto, Oct. 2, 2012

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