"They didn't have a car. During the storm, a neighbor offered to drive them to a hospital but he couldn't get his car shoveled out. "
His life wasn't worth 1 out of 30 hrs of shoveling?
"As the hours went by, Mitchell's pain intensified and he began to have shortness of breath. Because he complained of abdominal pain, which is generally not considered life-threatening, he was initially ranked as a medium priority. About 11:20 a.m. Saturday, his priority level was upgraded, but not as an emergency.
Mitchell tried to sleep. He took his prescriptions — oxycodone for pain and sleeping pills for his insomnia. Edge gave him the medication and closely followed the dosage, she said.
"All that time, he was dying and I didn't even know it," Edge said.
Edge didn't even know he was dying.
It's a tragedy, but several things come to mind....
1. If I call for an ambulance, and it does not get to my place within an hour. I will find other means, like shoveling out the snowbound car.
2. Neighbors could have carried him to the ambulance. Wrong or right, he'd be alive today.
3. he was triaged as "medium priority" sucks, but mistakes happen...