A 25-year-old Black woman in Milwaukee reportedly waited more than two hours in the emergency room, then left the hospital to find better care and died.
Tashonna Ward went to Froedtert Hospital with tightness of breath and chest pain, but her family said she was not under any monitoring while sitting in the waiting room.
According to the medical report, hospital staff checked Ward’s heartbeat and it appeared normal. The chest x-ray, however, showed an enlarged heart. She was already told about her enlarged heart when her baby died during pregnancy, the medical report stated. The family said she was asked to stay in the waiting room after the tests.
While she waited to be seen by a doctor, Ward posted on Facebook, “Idk what they can do about the emergency system at freodert but they damn sure need to do something. I been here since 4:30 something for shortness of breath, and chest pains for them to just say it’s a two to SIX hour wait to see a dr. Like that is really f**kin ridiculous.”
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