EMTs Taken Off Hospital Duties After Declaring A Living Patient Dead

First respondents Brittany Fragala and Oren Silvers pronounced Diana Rodriguez dead and left her for hours - even though she was still breathing.

An emotionally disturbed woman who shot herself in the head Thursday morning in Queens, New York, was declared dead by emergency medical workers who first responded to the scene. 

The EMS crew, Brittany Fragala and Oren Silvers, couldn’t find Diana Rodriguez’s pulse as she laid in a pool of her own blood. Mistakenly pronouncing her dead, the duo left the severely injured woman alone in her home.

However, an hour later, officers investigating the scene heard noises coming from the woman. The same emergency workers were called back to the scene along with a supervisor, but by then, it was too late to save her.

The unidentified woman was taken to hospital, where she died nine hours later.

The 32-year-old woman shot herself at a home on 115th Street in the Richmond Hill neighborhood while she was on the phone with her boyfriend in Ohio, telling him she was deeply depressed and threatening to kill herself, according to the police. 

As for the EMTs, have been taken out of the EMS system.

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“I asked the [detective] why it took them an hour and a half to get to her to the hospital. They didn’t have an answer. He told me ‘I’m sorry I don’t really know.‘ He kind of brushed off the question,” the woman’s sister told The New York Post. “If she had gotten the help sooner maybe she wouldn’t be in this condition and they would have been able to help her.”

It’s unclear if any charges will be filed against Fragala and Silvers for their negligence. Meanwhile, a spokesman for Jamaica Hospital said that the incident was under investigation.