Detroit EMT Fired After Refusing to Perfom CPR on 8-Month-Old Girl
A Detroit EMT has been fired after refusing to help a baby suffering a medical emergency.
WDIV reported that Ann Marie Thomas received a call on May 30 that an 8-month-old girl had stopped breathing.
Instead of rushing to help save the infant's life, Thomas parked the vehicle around the corner from the home. She waited six minutes before telling dispatchers that she didn't want to help, according to an internal investigations report.
“I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get,” Thomas reportedly told her supervisor.
The infant, who was born premature and used an oxygen machine, was eventually transported to Sinai-Grace Hospital by a different ambulance. She died the next morning.
“The actions of EMT Thomas directly contributed to an approximately 19 minute response time (from time of call to Romeo 33 making the scene) for a baby not breathing,” the report said.
Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins stated that firing Thomas was the "appropriate course of action" after reviewing all of the facts surrounding the incident.