Nicole Benhamou, Galloway’s mother, said she called 911 and informed the responding medics that she might be suffering from a stroke. When they arrived, she also told them that she just had a C-section. But they didn’t examine her and only told them they couldn’t afford the ambulance.
“They never asked us if we had insurance, which we do,” Benhamou told WPBF-TV News.
Benhamou said the medics eventually told her that she could just bring Galloway herself to the hospital since they couldn’t afford the ambulance. She did drove Galloway to Brandon Regional Hospital but her condition was getting worse that she had to be flown to Tampa General Hospital, where she went into a coma and eventually died.
The medics dispute that claim and said that it was Benhamou who insisted on bringing Galloway to the hospital by herself. But there was no informed consent form signed to prove their statement. Instead, they allegedly falsified the records and indicated that the patient could not be found.
Why would a patient call an ambulance only to insist on driving herself to the hospital? A woman is dead, 911 came and did not examine her. The paramedics could have saved her life had they responded appropriately and so should be held accountable. Their cavalier nonchalant attitude killed a woman, deprived her children of their mother. I believe the victims’ family story because I had similar experiences with paramedics and I am well-insured.
This case is a reminder of why black people have high morbidity and mortality. Discrimination results in poor healthcare and blacks are heavily discriminated against within the healthcare system.