Pregnant Woman Dies After EMT Worker Refuses to Do More Than Call 911

You'd think that people who become helpers, like doctors, nurses, firemen, police, or EMTs, are generally compassionate people who went into those lines of work to help humanity. But sadly many of them merely go into those fields just to have a steady job. There's nothing wrong with wanting a steady job, but honestly, if you are not born with compassion -- the kind that would make you get off your ass and go check on a dying pregnant woman -- then you really shouldn't be in a human service line of work such as EMT. But Melisa Jackson was. And pregnant Eutisha Rennix may have paid the price. Jackson didn't bother to help six months pregnant Rennix as she lay dying from an asthma attack -- but she'll get to keep her EMT job anyway.

Jackson was enjoying a coffee break with her boyfriend at FDNY headquarters in Brooklyn, when frantic people who spotted her uniform rushed over to ask for her help. A pregnant woman was in a back room suffering an asthma attack.

Jackson picked up the phone and called 911 -- but she didn't get off her ass to go see if she could help, or if her training might have come in handy, or if she could have given CPR or cleared the woman's airway, or even, you know, comforted the woman and made certain that she got into an ambulance. That must have been some damn good coffee.

A top EMS chief originally agreed that Jackson sullied her EMT badge and tried to get her fired, and she was originally being prosecuted for violating departmental rules. But the chief suddenly changed his mind. Because of that, charges were dropped. I'm sure his sudden change of heart had nothing to do with the fact that Rennix's mom is suing the city and an EMS chief who agreed with the prosecution could only help her case against it. Yeah, I'm sure it has nothing to do with that.

Jackson says she did nothing wrong -- that she had no "equipment" to help Rennix that day. Yes, that's true, as the "equipment" needed would have been a heart. Jackson did the bare minimum required to keep her job and stay out of prison, and you shouldn't be in a business of saving lives because you want to do the bare minimum. Something inside of this woman should have been driving her to want to help. Something should have said, "Let me see what I can do." Instead, Jackson's inner voice said, "Let me finish my coffee." Not even most people who aren't in industries that help other people would have been so callous.

Not only that, when Jackson called 911, she was reportedly giggling and refused to give her name. You really have to wonder what drew this woman to a job that requires human compassion, because she clearly doesn't have any.

Do you think this EMT worker should have been required to do more?


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nonmember avatar Lisa

Her coffee break with her boyfriend was why she didn't go and try to help this lady. UNREAL!!! Her priorities are all wrong in life!

LeeshaE LeeshaE

Depends on the good Samaritan laws in the area. Its easy to say she should have done more but without a good Samaritan law in place she could have been charged with crime or even sued if she had been unsuccessful or injured her during CPR.

LostS... LostSoul88

She could have sent her boyfriend to retrieve something to help the woman and ran and helped anyways she could. 

nonmember avatar zprescott

1. You don't perform CPR on a patient during an asthma attack. You want them to calm down, get their inhaler, get them to the hospital, and when all else fails call 911. 2. Even with CPR, which by the way is only compressions now, no mouth to mouth, would only have kept the pregnant woman's blood circulating, not give her oxygen which is what the problem was. 3. Anyone standing around could have helped. If her boyfriend knew she had asthma, he should have known how to care for her. 4. The woman was pregnant. Who wants to do compressions on a pregnant woman? What if she injured the baby and then got sued for trying to help? It happens every day and I don't think it's wrong to want to protect themselves. EMT's are citizens too subject to the law just like everyone else. Why should they have to put themselves at risk when they are not on duty? What if a house is on fire and a person walking down the street is a fire fighter, are they obligated to help put out the fire with no equipment available to them?
My point is I don't think that just because she's an EMT she's required to help. And in truth, calling 911 was the best that could be done.

nonmember avatar Jaclyn

You don't give CPR to someone having an asthma attack, and you can't clear an airway if it's not blocked. The writers here can't take five minutes to fact check their shit? Without medication, let alone an ambulance, the EMT really COULDNT do anything more than any other bystander. Still think this particular EMT was a lazy bitch, but get your facts straight.

nonmember avatar JOhnie

this story happened years ago. why are you know writing about it?

hopef... hopefulmommieLW

She should have at least gotten off her lazy ass to fucking SEE if she could help! And WTF is with the giggling? I agree though writers on this web site need to CHECK FACTS BEFORE YOU REPORT!!! OMG like I am SO TIRED of reading GARBAGE articles!!!

sylph... sylph_ironlight

She actually wasn't on a coffee break. She snuck out of work, that's why she didn't want her name used when she called 911, and also part of the reason she did not render aid and left the coffee shop before help arrived. She was supposed to be at her post working dispatch when the incident happened.

Also, and please note that I am NOT blaming the victim, only giving more information, Eutisha had developed symptoms earlier and was urged to go the hospital, but declined as she needed the hours and was told by her manager that she was needed at work.

Horrible situation :(

Zande... ZanderBomb

I'm sorry. They were at the FDNY Headquarters? Firemen and women are trained in quick responses for their jobs. Theoretically wouldn't this woman have been surrounded by people qualified to assist her? Or did I miss something?

Coleen Critcher

Shame on you! God help the next person that needs help when you are around!

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