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Pregnant woman dies after EMT's refuse to help her

NEW YORK, New York (NBC) -- Two New York City EMT's accused of walking
away from a pregnant woman who collapsed and later died have been
suspended, city officials said today.

The two fire department
employees, Jason Green, 32, of Long Island City and Melissa Jackson,
32, of Queens Village, were suspended without pay as the investigation
continues into allegations they refused to help the woman because they
were on break and wanted to eat breakfast.

Mayor Bloomberg
called the EMTs actions 'unconscionable." When asked if "burnout" might
have been a factor, the Mayor said,"Burnout? They were sitting there
having coffee. How could they be burnt out? They're human beings.
Somebody is dying down the street and (people) say help them and they
just sat there."

Eutisha Rennix and the baby she was three months from delivering died during the Dec. 9 incident.

Witnesses
said the emergency workers were on break ordering breakfast at the
Metro-tech Center Au Bon Pain restaurant where Rennix worked as a
cashier. She collapsed in a woman's bathroom and several workers and
customers asked the EMT workers for help. Instead, they said they
walked out of the store telling them to call 9-1-1.

Rennix, who suffered from asthma, leaves behind a three year old son. Her twin brother and mother are in shock.

"She
loved her son and would do anything for anybody," said her twin brother
Eudane Rennix. "To hear it was two ems workers who didn't want to help
is heartbreaking."

Union officials said most EMT's whether on duty and off - always do their best to try to save lives.

"We
never condone activity by our members that can hurt the public," said
Bob Ungar, spokesman for Uniformed EMTs & Paramedics, FDNY Local
2507.

Witnesses did call 9-1-1. An ambulance from Long Island
College Hospital was dispatched but the call was initially classified
as low priority. Only when a second 9-1-1 call at 9:24 reported a
woman having trouble breathing was phoned in was the call classified as
a level 2 emergency and paramedics were dispatched. At 9:26, the first
ambulance arrived and then at 9:28 the paramedics arrived. Rennix was
pronounced dead at 10:17.

The fire department for now has also
suspended the work of the two Long Island College Hospital EMT's
because there are questions as to whether they were carrying proper
equipment. A hospital spokeswoman said," We have carefully and
thoroughly conducted our own internal review of our response to the
event, given the tragic outcome, and we fully and completely stand by
our response and the care provided by our EMTs. They did all they could
to save the life of the patient and her baby."

Both the State Health Department and the FDNY have opened their own probes.

As
for Green and Jackson, fire department officials said they were working
as dispatchers out of fire department headquarters. But they had
appropriate training to assist in an emergency. Some Au Bon Pain
workers said they think the pair knew Rennix, that they had purchased
breakfast from her in the past.

Rennix's death appears to mirror
the tragic death of Esmine Green in Kings County Hospital's Psychiatric
Emergency Room in June 2008. Video showed Green collapse to the floor
and yet doctors, nurses and security guards ignored her for hours.

An angry mayor said Monday most emergency workers care greatly and that the above incidents appear to be isolated events.

As
for Rennix's family, they have hired attorney Sanford Rubinstein. They
say their top concern now is caring for a three year old boy who has
lost his mom and does not understand why.

"He asks every day for
his mommy," said Eduane Rennix. "The other morning he woke up and
said,'I have to go take care of his mommy. She'd dead.' He doesn't
understand she's not coming."

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  • lkoi 2009/12/29 03:44:42
    lkoi
    +4
    they need to be fireddddddd!!! bec of their selfishness ands selfcenteredness they kill a mother and a child! what cruelty!

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  • What IF 2010/07/19 19:44:56
    What IF
    +1
    It's very easy to jump on these guys' back since none of us were there. Maybe they too had something going on in their lives that made them act like this. Someone just said- "people don't care anymore" so why be surprised that this happened? What if she'd died even if they helped her anyway? People are so sue happy anymore that no one wants to jump in and help for fear of being sued. Did you know if you did CPR correctly, you can break a rib on the person? I recently read a case of a lifeguard being sued over this same thing. I wouldn't have helped either. And you can blame the sue happy morons over this- not me or those on break EMT's.
  • lkoi 2009/12/29 03:44:42
    lkoi
    +4
    they need to be fireddddddd!!! bec of their selfishness ands selfcenteredness they kill a mother and a child! what cruelty!
  • moomoof 2009/12/24 05:48:01
    moomoof
    +1
    wow that was ........nice on break huh?
  • Ms.NY 2009/12/23 22:18:53
    Ms.NY
    +1
    This is so sad, people just don't care any more. People need to treat others as they would like to be treated . What if , that had been their mom , sister , cousin , or any love one , passedout, on the verge of dying or in need of urgent medical assistance...
  • KAREN 2009/12/23 18:05:39
    KAREN
    +2
    I hope the ems, get FIRED..this is really sad, it makes you wonder, do people have a concious anymore, all they had to do was look at this poor women. People is what makes this Great Country look Bad..
  • san 2009/12/23 14:29:07
    san
    +3
    Break or no break they should call it in and than later ask for another because the first was cut short lives come first. Fire them.
  • bigboy 2009/12/23 03:48:47
    bigboy
    +2
    This made me sick when I heard it.
  • Dennis ... bigboy 2009/12/23 05:26:36
    Dennis C Latham
    +1
    you changed your picture
  • bigboy Dennis ... 2009/12/24 06:19:56
    bigboy
    +1
    Yeah. Celebrating the new Jacks.
  • freebird 2009/12/23 00:04:38
    freebird
    +2
    Un-frickin-believable! I think it's obvious those two idiots felt they were doing nothing wrong. My heart goes out to that womans family
  • mitch 2009/12/22 20:40:23
    mitch
    +1
    It's sad we have people with no scrupples or interity serving in that capacity. I hope their next job is picking up dead animals off the road, that's all they deserve. How awful to loose a loved one but at this time of year is way too hard.
  • Dennis ... mitch 2009/12/23 00:07:23
    Dennis C Latham
    +1
    WOW - I'm really IMPRESSED with you MITCH !!!!!!! -

    a baby and a mother ...... this is pretty sick ... isn't it ... and to think ... a break was more important.
  • mitch Dennis ... 2009/12/23 02:40:32
    mitch
    +1
    Your right Dennis, we depend on these people and I don't want to judge all of them by their actions but it is unfortunite for everbody. Hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas
  • Dennis ... mitch 2009/12/23 02:45:15 (edited)
    Dennis C Latham
    +1
    ""we depend on these people ""

    with our lives in our hands .. and it's important that they love their work
    and not in it just for the pay and benefits....

    ""and I don't want to judge all of them by their actions""

    but you have to watch each one
    and always have a family member go along or ride behind the ambulance
    I have chased and followed many ambulances .... never a ticket.
    you have to stay on top of everyone these days .... life doesn't mean what it use to .....

    "" but it is unfortunite for everbody.""

    that it is ... that's why I spread the truth and facts to as many as I can.

    "" Hope you and your family have a very merry Christmas""

    Well ... Thanks MITCH ... I really appreciate that ...
    I also hope and pray you and your Family & Friends BE BLESSED this Christmas and bring in the NEW YEAR with pockets too fat to get the money out.

    hope pray family friends blessed christmas year pockets fat money

    I wish I could +rave you 1,000
  • None 2009/12/22 19:38:01
    None
    +1
    How sad for this woman,her baby, and the family.
    It is a shame that there always seems to be a few public servants like this who reflect badly on their dedicated coworkers.
    I sure hope they can be fired without benefits.
  • Dennis ... None 2009/12/23 00:08:14
    Dennis C Latham
    +1
    this proves they were in it for the money and the benefits .... not to help people.
  • Caroline - fan of Audubon 2009/12/22 18:32:00
    Caroline - fan of Audubon
    How devastating for the family and especially the little boy who lost his mother under such negligible circumstances.
  • ~Goddess of Passion*Pain*Pl... 2009/12/22 18:27:49
    ~Goddess of Passion*Pain*Pleasure~
    That was a very selfless, ruthless act that shouldn't have been carried out. I pray that what ever happened to her happen worsen to them. Her poor children. They should be charged with murder, 1 for the women and 1 for the unborn child.
  • bye 2009/12/22 18:26:28
  • ««Gingey, the Master Debate... 2009/12/22 18:10:23
    ««Gingey, the Master Debater of Þ|-|Дэ†»»
    +2
    That's really sad.

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