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A CYNICAL LOOK AT THE DAILY GRIND

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

LUCK OF THE DRAW

An ambulance crew apparently got lost on the way to the hospital after picking up a runner who collapsed during the Chicago Marathon.


Earlier this month, Chad Schieber, 35, was in full cardiac arrest when the rescuers radioed dispatchers saying they were taking the dying runner to University of Illinois at Chicago Medical Center six blocks away.

The crew drove a couple blocks in the wrong direction, then flagged down another ambulance and got directions before driving past the medical center because they couldn't find the emergency room entrance.

When the lost ambulance asked dispatchers for directions, they were heard shouting over radios "We need maps! We have no maps down here."

Eventually, the ambulance took Schieber, a police officer from Michigan, to another hospital that was not part of the city's emergency response network. It did have a working emergency room, but Schieber died anyway.

It was not known if Schieber would have survived if the ambulance had arrived sooner at the hospital. His family is still searching for answers.

Sadly, sometimes you're the dog, sometimes you're the tree.

Photo by Fazen

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2 Comments:

Anonymous proofreader said...

It's amazing with today's technology and lawsuits that all emerg. vehicles are not ordered to be fitted with GPS systems -let alone competent drivers who , in their first course should be required to know where every hospital/emerg. room is located.
we can only pray that marathon runner made it to the ultimate finish line-hopefully, with his personal best record.

Wed Oct 24, 05:38:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sign Sing....

everywhere a sign :)

:P

XOX

Tue Oct 30, 06:14:00 AM  

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