According to The NY Daily News, a Washington, D.C. woman who believed she was suffering a stroke was forced to transport herself to the hospital after two paramedics got into a heated argument while treating her.
The woman said she was concerned for her welfare when two DC Fire and EMS employees started arguing after the ambulance arrived at her home.
“They were constantly bickering back and forth with one another, and to the point that I felt so uncomfortable,” the woman told The NY Daily News.
The woman, an Army veteran, said she was not sure why the two first responders were fighting, but it quickly became clear to her that she had to take her treatment into her own hands. The woman walked to the DC Metro and took a train to her local VA hospital.
“A total lack of professionalism in every way you can imagine,” the woman stated.
Once she was admitted to the hospital, the woman was diagnosed with Bell’s palsy, a condition that requires immediate attention.
“It really complicated my condition by not being able to receive adequate medical attention when I called,” the woman concluded.
The DC Fire Department is already under fire, after a 77-year-old man died of a heart attack across the street from a firehouse in January, after none of the firefighters on duty rushed to his aid. Lt. Kellene Davis, who was in charge of the engine that botched the response, is facing six administrative charges in the case, including neglect of duty.
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