A Detroit EMT who, refused to enter a family’s home, May 30 to help save an 8-month-old baby that had stopped breathing, has been fired.
According to Click on Detroit, Detroit fire commissioner Edsel Jenkins fired Ann Marie Thomas after the veteran medic received a call about a baby, Aniyah Wright, who had stopped breathing. Thomas was given the call because she was less than a mile from the child’s house. Thomas and her partner reportedly arrived on the scene quickly and told dispatch that she was parked on the corner waiting for other teams to arrive.
Click on Detroit reports that Thomas didn’t want to enter the house until other units arrived because she thought that the family would be hostile. There are no reports as to why Thomas reportedly believed the family to be hostile but she allegedly told a supervisor who instructed her to enter the house and help the 8-month-old who was born premature and had slipped off of her breathing machine, “I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.”
A crew arrived some 12 minutes after the call was placed and rushed Aniyah to the to the hospital where they were able to get her breathing but she died the next day.
Source: The Root |