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EMT Allegedly Refused to Perform CPR on Infant

The family of I’Nayah Wright Trussell has filed suit and alleged a medic refused to perform CPR when I’Nayah stopped breathing.

I’Nayah, born in September of 2014, was premature. She had been assisted by an oxygen machine before she suddenly stopped breathing. Emergency services were called. The lawsuit claims that Detroit EMT Ann Marie Thomas, who was driving a medically-equipped Detroit Fire Department SUV with her partner, was first to arrive at I’Nayah’s home.

The 911 dispatcher told Ms. Thomas that the baby inside the home had stopped breathing. “When she arrived, instead of rushing to help save the infant’s life Thomas parked her emergency vehicle around the corner from the house…” the lawsuit alleges. The suit then goes on to claim that “Thomas then waited six minutes before telling dispatchers that she didn’t want to help stating ‘I’m not about to be on no scene 10 minutes doing CPR, you know how these families get.” The dispatcher responded by requesting Ms. Thomas provide assistance, telling her “I’m going to need you to make that scene. You’re going to have to make patient contact.” Another ambulance arrived several minutes later and transported I’Nayah to the hospital, where she died the next morning. An internal investigation found Ms. Thomas contributed to a 19 minute response time delay. She was subsequently fired.

When someone is injured or dies due to a health care provider’s negligence, financial recovery may be available. Such recovery is particularly important when permanent, life changing injuries are incurred. It is important to contact someone who understands the intricacies of the party’s right to recover.

Medical malpractice is a difficult area of law as it requires an understanding of both the legal practice and the mechanics of medicine. Abraham Watkins offers a free consultation to anyone wishing to pursue such claims.


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