A Florida woman claims she lost her daughter to a stroke just days after she had given birth to her third child because paramedics who responded to her 911 call informed them the patient could not afford an ambulance ride.
Nicole Benhamou, 53, told local news outlets that Hillsborough County first responders failed to check her daughter’s vital signs and wasted 10 minutes talking about the cost of the transport. In the end, Benhamou ended up driving her daughter, 30-year-old Crystal Galloway, to a nearby hospital herself.
Galloway died at Tampa General Hospital five days later, just three days shy of her 31st birthday, and less than two weeks after undergoing a Caesarean section to give birth to her son, Jacob.
On Friday, the four Hillsborough County Fire Rescue paramedics who responded to Galloway’s condominium – and who according to Benhamou convinced her to take her daughter to the hospital herself because of the prohibitive cost of an ambulance ride – were suspended with pay.
The decision was announced on Monday by Hillsborough County Administrator Mike Merrill, who conceded that the paramedics failed to provide adequate care to Galloway, according to Tampa Bay Times.
‘I deeply regret that this has happened and clearly this is unacceptable,’ Merrill said.