A Milwaukee woman died after waiting several hours in the emergency room — and her family is blasting the hospital for not providing her more urgent care, according to reports.
Tashonna Ward, 25, went to the emergency room at Froedtert Hospital, complaining she was experiencing chest pains and shortness of breath, news station WITI reported.
She underwent several tests which included a chest X-ray showing an abnormal enlargement of the heart, the outlet reported.
But after waiting for around two and a half hours, she decided to leave and seek help at an urgent care center, according to the medical examiner’s office.
“She didn’t even have a band on her wrist [when I picked her up] so she was never even processed in,” her sister, Brianna Ward, told news station WJDT.
“All they did was take her to the back, do chest X-rays, send her back in the lobby. She was never even admitted.”
Her sister brought her to an urgent care clinic — but she collapsed in the parking lot and was rushed back to the hospital, WJDT reported.
Tashonna was pronounced dead minutes after arriving at the hospital in an ambulance, the outlet reported. Her cause of death was ruled to be hypertensive cardiovascular disease.
“I need them to explain this to me, why they didn’t treat my daughter when she was there,” her mother, Yolanda Ward, told the outlet.
The hospital declined to comment on Tashonna’s death, citing patient privacy rules.
“The family is in our thoughts and has our deepest sympathy,” a hospital spokesperson told WJDT.
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