A Florida woman says her sick daughter died because paramedics racially discriminated against her and refused to take her to the hospital — because they assumed she couldn’t afford the ambulance ride.
Nicole Black called 911 early July 4 after finding her daughter, Crystle Galloway, slumped over the bathtub with her lips swollen and drooling from the mouth, The Tampa Bay Times reported.
Galloway, 30, had given birth by Caesarean section six days earlier and kept screaming, “Mommy, my head!” when she finally came to, Black said.
Black, 53, claims that responding Hillsborough County deputies and paramedics questioned whether her daughter could afford the $600 for the three-block ambulance ride and suggested she had been drinking.
“My daughter begged for her life,” said Black, who like her daughter is African-American. “The only thing they worried about was my daughter had a new baby and she couldn’t afford an ambulance.
“They never asked us if we had insurance, which we do,” Black added to ABC Action News, saying she felt like she and her daughter were racially stereotyped.
Black said that after 10 minutes of pleading with paramedics to drive Galloway to the hospital, she drove her daughter to Brandon Regional Hospital, where a CT scan showed her daughter had bleeding in her brain.
Galloway, a mom of three, slipped into a coma and died July 9, five days shy of her birthday.
Four Hillsborough County Fire Rescue paramedics — Lt. John Morris, 36; medic Justin Sweeney, 36; medic Andrew Martin, 28, and acting Lt. Cortney Barton, 38, — were placed on leave after a county investigation found they failed to check Galloway’s vital signs.
They will face a disciplinary hearing Tuesday.
In written statements, all four claimed that sheriff’s Deputies Jacob Lamb and Michael Black had already spoken with Black about driving her daughter to the hospital and said all the medics needed to do was get her down three-flights of stairs and into the car.
A separate investigation by the Sheriff’s Office cleared both officer Lamb and Black of any wrongdoing.
Black said she’d like to see the paramedics lose their jobs.
Galloway, she said, had recently earned a degree in behavioral sciences and was known as the peacemaker in the family.
The mom leaves behind her two girls, ages 13 and 7, and her newborn son, Jacob Aden.
Published at Sun, 29 Jul 2018 21:01:23 +0000