Philly Medics Suspended over Pregnant Patient Death in Ambulance

Family members are wondering if incompetence and problems with the city’s 911 system played a role in her death.


 
 

By Marisa Brahney, Lauren DiSanto, Harry Hairston and David Chang | | Thursday, January 10, 2013


Two Philadelphia paramedics have been suspended for two days following a 2 1/2-month investigation into an incident in which a pregnant woman in their care died. Now family members are wondering if incompetence and problems with the city’s 911 system played a role in her death.

 

On Oct. 1, 2012, the paramedics responded to a 911 emergency in Philadelphia. Joanne Rodriguez, 24, was 9 months pregnant and having trouble breathing when she fell down the stairs at her home. The family says she was asthmatic and on medication for a blood clot.

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