Female EMT ‘Fired’ for Refusal to Support Baby in Distress (Child Dies)

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*An eight month old baby girl has died as a result of not being helped by an EMT medic that refused to go into the family’s home to assist  with the medical emergency she was suffering from.

The medic has since been fired.

On May 30, EMT medic Ann Marie Thomas from Detroit, Michigan, received a frantic call that an eight-month-old girl had stopped breathing. 

But after the medic arrived, and was close enough to the scene to assist, she flatly refused to do so–and instead parked her emergency vehicle, which had all of the necessary equipment, around the corner from the house where the distressed baby, Anaya Wright-Trussell, struggled to breathe. 

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Ann Marie Thomas (L), Baby Anaya (Center), and her mother, Janee Wright-Trussell (R)

According to WDIV-TV Thomas waited approximately six minutes after the first distress call before she contacted dispatchers with a strange excuse for not helping the baby.

She said she did not want to enter the home because she feared how the family would react to her.

Authorities remain puzzled as to why Thomas hesitated to enter the home and treat the child.

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Thomas’ decision to not budge to assist left the dispatcher she was connected with exasperated.

‘I’m going to need you to make that scene,’ the Detroit Fire EMS supervisor told Thomas. ‘You’re going to have to make patient contact.’ 

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The dispatcher, trying with the utmost to remain calm responds: ‘Uh, Romeo 33? Updated information that the child is not breathing. The baby was hooked up to an oxygen machine because it was premature. Romeo 33?’

But in spite of the urgency in the dispatchers voice, Thomas and her partner refused to budge, according to WDIV-TV. She apparently wanted to wait for another crew to arrive.

Janee Wright-Trussell, the distraught mother of the child, told WDIV-TV: ‘My daughter would have been here if she just came around that corner and responded to my cry for help.’ 

The dispatcher tells Thomas: ‘Romeo 33, Medic 51, be advised CPR is being performed on your scene. Romeo 33, Medic 51. CPR is being performed by the baby’s mother.’ 

Mom of baby refused by EMT

The little girl was eventually taken to Sinai-Grace Hospital by a different ambulance, but died the next morning.

Detroit authorities carried out two internal investigations into the incident – one at the request of Thomas.

‘The actions of EMT Thomas directly contributed to an approximately 19 minute response time from time of call to Romeo 33 making the scene for a baby not breathing,’ the report said.

According to Detroit Fire Commissioner Edsel Jenkins, Thomas was fired for refusing to help the baby when she was just minutes away from the home.

Jenkins said: ‘Today, [Wednesday] we conducted an appeals hearing, which Ms. Thomas requested.

‘After reviewing all of the facts of this incident, I have determined that the appropriate course of action is to terminate Ms. Thomas’ employment with the Detroit Fire Department effective immediately.’ 

In spite of her negligence, Thomas won’t be subjected to criminal charges.

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