Florida woman claims medics assumed her daughter couldn't afford ambulance

Woman's daughter later died
Fire medics accused of not taking care of woman
Posted at 5:54 PM, Jul 24, 2018

TAMPA — Four fire medics with the HIllsborough County Fire Deparmtent have been suspended after they failed to transport a woman to the hospital who was having a medical emergency while pregnant.

Crystle Galloway died just days after giving birth to a baby boy earlier this month after her mother rushed her daughter to the hospital. Galloway's mother, Nicole Black, claims medics showed up to Galloway's house but told her she could not afford an ambulance ride to the hospital.

“She passed away before her babies' umbilical chord dropped off,” Black said. "They didn’t take any vitals, they didn’t take any blood pressure, they didn’t check her temperature."

Black says on July 4, Galloway’s 7-year-old daughter called to say something was wrong with her mom. Black lives down the hall in the same condominium complex. She ran to her daughter's home and saw her slumped over the tub. 

She called 911 and told and described what she what saw

Nicole Black: "I found her in the bathroom, lips swollen drooling from the mouth.”

Dispatch: Is she conscious?

Nicole Black: Kind of, yeah. Kind of responsive.

Dispatch: Ok. Is she breathing?

Nicole Black: Yes, she's breathing.

Dispatch: Is she completely alert?

Nicole Black: Kind of. Yea, kind of. Something's wrong.

After deputies arrived, Black claims they told her she couldn’t afford an ambulance ride.  

"They never asked us if we had insurance, which we do,” Black said.

She feels she was stereotyped.

After fire medics got Galloway down the stairs, the County Administrator says the group made their second mistake. They let Black drive Galloway to the hospital without signing a consent form. 

Merrill also says the fire medics didn't fill out the final paperwork correctly. They checked the patient hadn't been found when clearly she had. 

"The whole conversation as the EMS drivers put my child in my car was that was best for us because we couldn’t afford an ambulance,” she said. “My daughter begged for her life, she begged!”

Galloway fell into a coma for days before she passed away at Tampa General Hospital. 

"She’s 30 years old and just graduated from college, she had her whole life ahead of her,” Black said. "You can tell me you’re sorry, you can give me your condolences but you still have to work this out with God.

Black added that she would like to see the four fire medics fired.

A disciplinary hearing is being held Tuesday to decide whether or not they will keep their jobs.