The household of a younger Mississippi mom who died in January after falling unconscious from an bronchial asthma assault believes her dying might have been prevented if an emergency room had not been closed.
Shyteria Shardae “Shy” Shoemaker was 15 weeks pregnant and was already the mom of a 2-year-old woman. Shoemaker’s aunt informed the Chickasaw Journal that the 23-year-old slept with the help of a respiration machine and used an inhaler to regulate her bronchial asthma assaults.
Throughout the early hours of Jan. 27 Shoemaker referred to as out for assist earlier than collapsing in her doorway, the Clarion-Ledger reported.
Shoemaker was gasping for air when her household determined to drive her to the emergency room at Hint Regional Hospital. Round 1:20 a.m., her cousin LeKearis Shoemaker dialed 911 to let dispatchers know they had been heading to the emergency room. To their shock, the dispatcher knowledgeable them that the ER closed down in 2014.
“I used to be like, ‘What the f— do you imply there’s no ER?’” LeKearis informed the Ledger. “Each different place has an ER.”
LeKearis mentioned the household was informed to move to the fireplace division. Six minutes later they arrived, and two firemen had been ready exterior the station to assist, Hearth Chief Jonathan Blankenship informed the paper.
Nevertheless, Shy’s household felt the firemen weren’t transferring with sufficient urgency, in order that they went to the downtown sq. and tried to get assist from a police officer.
As an alternative of requesting assist, the officer allegedly informed LeKearis and Shy’s different cousins to get down on the bottom.
“[The officer] appeared like he was shocked … like he was scared, like we had been gonna rob him,” LeParishe Shoemaker mentioned concerning the cop’s face.
In the meantime, the ambulance they referred to as had nonetheless not arrived. There are solely two ambulances that function within the county and on that night, one was not in service. The opposite one was on the opposite aspect of the county and would take over 20 minutes to reach.
Ultimately, the car arrived and it drove Shy about 20 miles to Baptist Memorial Hospital. Though each effort was made to save lots of Shoemaker, she was pronounced useless at 2:35 a.m. An official reason for dying is pending an post-mortem report.
Shy’s household believes that if the ambulance hadn’t arrived so late and if the ER remained open, she’d nonetheless be alive.
“That’s a life they might have saved,” mentioned Shy’s mom, Makesha Shoemaker, who additionally wonders if race performed a job in how issues unfolded that evening.
In fall 2018, a number of group members wrote letters to the Chickasaw Journal with the hopes of re-opening the Hint Regional Hospital emergency room.