25-year-old Toshanna Ward died earlier this year after being neglected in a crowded emergency room. I’m not a doctor; I don’t know procedures and I don’t know why she was sitting there waiting.
However, I do know these things:
- Ward had been previously diagnosed with an enlarged heart when she was pregnant last year (sadly, her baby died shortly after birth).
- This year, she went to the ER complaining of chest pains and shortness of breath, where they performed triage, ran tests, confirmed her enlarged heart.
- They then sent her back into the lobby to wait for over two hours.
According to the above link, she was “upset” by the long wait and opted to try Urgent Care, where she collapsed outside her car and died shortly later.
Setting aside the fact that the article acts like she was being impatient about the wait at the ER (as if she didn’t have a reason to be!), Ward is hardly the first black woman to die waiting for medical attention.