Woman Dies After Ambulance Never Arrived

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An Ohio police officer is expressing his frustration after ambulances never arrived for a woman who suffered a brain aneurysm.

Patrolman Jacob Talbott was with a fellow officer Oct. 21 when he found a woman sitting in an SUV barely breathing, according to WKBN.

"She had a deer in the headlights look. She was staring off and had very labored breathing," said Talbott, who works with the East Liverpool Police Department.

While the other officer moved the woman from the car, Talbott phoned for an ambulance. 

"[Ambulance Service Incorporated] originally committed a crew and told our dispatcher they had a crew in route," he said.

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Minutes ticked by and there was still no sign of emergency responders. Talbott checked back in on the ambulance's status and learned that, in fact, it wasn't coming after all.

The EMS crew that originally committed was no longer coming. What's more, two other local ambulance companies couldn't send any help, either.

"We're just going to take her to the hospital ourselves," Talbott told EMS1. "We didn't have time to wait for an ambulance company out of Hancock County in West Virginia."

Talbott and his fellow officer immediately moved the woman into their police cruiser. While Talbott drove, his partner performed CPR.

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But, despite their efforts, the woman later died in a Pittsburgh hospital. She was said to have suffered a brain aneurysm.

"I was holding out hope, saying a lot of prayers and just asking for a miracle that she'd make it," said Talbott. "Finding out that she didn't make it, it's rather tough."

It's not clear if the 62-year-old woman would have survived if the ambulances were not delayed. Talbott, however, is upset that no ambulance responded and is asking for answers.

"I'm not real happy that an ambulance service committed, and then five minutes later, they no longer have a crew available," he said. "And they didn't even notify us. The reason we found out is our dispatcher called to check the time."

Ambulance Service Incorporated has not commented on the incident.

The national response time for an emergency vehicle is eight minutes and 59 seconds, according to ABC News. Yet, as cities are struggling to keep up with the increasing demand for ambulance services, many people are left to wait longer.

"Here's the deal. People wait a long time every day. Pretty much every day somebody is having a delayed response. Somebody is waiting a long time. And somebody is getting a fire truck and going without an ambulance every day," said Dave Kearney, a former EMS and current firefighter who is also secretary for the Philadelphia Fire Fighters Union.

Sources: WKBN via KFDA, EMS1, ABC News / Featured Image: S.C. Air National Guard/Flickr / Embedded Images: Max Pixel (2)

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