Black Mother Dies Because Paramedics Assumed She Couldn't Pay for Ambulance Ride, Says Family
Crystle Galloway’s mother was forced to rush her to the hospital instead of being taken in an ambulance. But Galloway suffered from a stroke and died just days after giving birth to a baby boy. And now, four Florida paramedics involved are being investigated for mishandling the situation and are suspended with pay.
Galloway’s 7-year-old daughter called her grandmother, Nicole Black, on July 4 to inform her that something was wrong with the new mother, according to The Tampa Bay Times. They lived a few doors down from one another in the same complex. Black raced to her daughter’s condo where she found her unconscious in the bathtub. She immediately called 911. Galloway regained consciousness, but was still weak and incapacitated.
Black said paramedics showed up to Galloway’s house, and before they even attempted to assess her condition or ask about insurance coverage, told Black that she could not afford an ambulance ride to the hospital.