All one hears from politicians is how our medical system is the best in the world. Yet, Mike Herrera would likely beg to differ — if he was still alive. The 58-year-old man died of cardiac arrest after waiting 19 hours in the emergency room at Parkland Memorial Hospital. It is all caught on the video below.
Herrara went to the hospital complaining of a stabbing sensation in his stomach. When he arrived there were 164 people ahead of him and another 180 new patients would enter over the next 19 hours. Former restaurateur is captured on a surveillance video sitting in a chair until he eventually has a heart attack. While he arrived at 5 pm, he is only given lab tests and an x-ray at 9:26 a.m. Saturday.
His autopsy showed clogged arteries as well as diabetes and morbid obesity. The hospital is likely to argue that those conditions, not its shocking lack of care, was the cause of the death.
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