Fire medics suspended after deadly botched call

U.S. & World

(WFLA) — Four Florida medics are on leave after the way they handled a call on July 4 that ended with a patient’s death.

Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill says the fire medics didn’t perform the most basic functions they are assigned to do on the call.

“Our fire medics did not do their job,” said Merrill.

According to county documents, on July 4, just after 3 a.m., a woman called to say her 30-year-old daughter had passed out in the bathroom, had a swollen lip and was drooling on herself.

Family members told the medics that the 30-year-old woman had just given birth a few days prior by c-section and according to family members “hadn’t been right” since she gave birth.

Dispatch told the medics before they arrived it appeared the patient “had a stroke or transient ischemic attack.”

The medics never took the patient’s vital signs.

“In the end, the fire medics did take the daughter down the stairs and put her into her mother’s car, into her mothers vehicle,” said Merrill.

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