An Au Bon Pain shop in Brooklyn has become the scene of a disturbing case in which a pregnant woman died after two EMTs allegedly refused to help because they were on a coffee break. The EMTs, Jason Green and Melissa Jackson are accused of sitting by and telling people to call 9-11 after an employee, Eutisha Revee Rennix, collapsed. The mother of three later died with her unborn baby.
State health officials are calling the inaction of the EMTs “appalling.” Witnesses said that the two not only told people to call 9-11 but left after others begged them to help.
Rennix complained of feeling dizzy before collapsing while the two EMTs were making their order. They never, according to witnesses, went to the back of the store to see Rennix, who was an asthma sufferer.
Both EMTs are dispatchers but have EMT training. Green is a 6-year veteran and Jackson is a 4-year veteran. Both are fully trained EMTs.
To the credit of the Uniformed EMTS and Paramedics, FDNY, their spokesman did not make excuses for the action (as we have seen in a few egregious police cases). Robert Ungar, spokesman for the Uniformed EMTS and Paramedics, FDNY stated “All of our members are qualified to make that initial assessment and in some cases, start medical care. Being dispatchers is not a defense” for inaction.
Rennix’s mother is considering legal action.
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