Yet again, one of our followers doesn’t disappoint when it comes to getting a very important message across to the wider population.
If ever you have been tempted or if ever you are tempted to dial 999 and intentionally exaggerated a minor injury, such as a stubbed toe, JUST to get an emergency ambulance to your location, then you need to read this.
You need to understand the potential consequences of lying just because you want a ‘free’ ride to hospital after you dropped your mobile phone on your foot, or cut your finger accidentally with a piece of paper:
‘You don’t know who you are, you don’t know what you’ve done.
‘Today though you’ve taken a piece of my soul.
‘Your selfish attitude and complete lack of respect for your fellow humans, your elderly relatives, someone’s sisters someone’s mum, someone’s brother, father, uncle friend, neighbour. Today your actions cost someone their life.
‘You’ve left a family and many friends heartbroken, grieving, weeping and crying out “ why me”” why us” sat looking only at a photograph or picturing a memory whilst silently sobbing with tears pouring down their face.
‘You’ve left two young children devastated, you’ve changed the course of their life forever, changed a family and left a young woman paralysed down one side, wondering “ why me” “ why our family”.
‘You’re responsible for leaving a teenage boy trapped in a rolled over car, scared, frightened and alone and in considerable pain as he has several serious fractures and life threatening internal injuries.
‘YOU did that.
‘You did that when you called an ambulance because your loved one had a sore toe. You did that when you said ‘I’m going to call back and say they’re not breathing’ ( knowing full well they were) after you were told there would be up to a 2 hour wait for an ambulance.
‘YOU did that when your threat became a reality and you called 999 and LIED because your “ sore toe” was SO important that you ‘needed’ essentially a mobile ITU unit to race to your house to save your life on a category 1 emergency.
‘YOU caused two ambulances and a fast response car ( 5 highly trained medics of emergency medicine) to be diverted to your house for a sore toe – telling us the patient was having a cardiac arrest.
‘Today you took a piece of my soul, the tiny remaining fraction that was responsible for clinging onto the hope that humans are inherently good. You’ve taken another piece of my faith in the human race.
‘Most importantly though, YOU killed a women having an MI when the crew were diverted away to you – she went into cardiac arrest and the crew couldn’t save her. Seconds mattered to that patient and her chance of survival would have been massively increased if a crew had got to her whilst she was ‘just having a heart attack’ – but no. Your toe was more important.
‘I’d like to see you explain to that family and those children, why their mummy is paralysed, because she was having a stroke and the ambulance took 55 minutes to arrive. Because the first one was diverted to you ( with a 3 minute eta to her).
‘YOU reduced that teenagers chance of survival. It was over an hour before an ambulance and fire crews managed to free him from the wreckage. YOU destroyed his “ golden hour” treatment.
‘YOU were the first person in over 4 years of this job that’s made me feel sick to the bottom of my stomach. Knowing you’re lying but being unable to question you because the procedure states ‘we cannot question your integrity’.
‘YOU made me question why I go to work for 12 hours at a time with the desire to help people, to comfort them in times of distress , to provide life saving advice and be a part of a positive outcome for every patient.
‘The worst bit is sadly you’re not alone. This feeling of utter despair at the stupidity of some of the public only increases year on year.
‘So if by chance you’re reading this. I want YOU to think about your actions. I want you to understand the severity of the consequences of what YOU did.
‘( and I hope your toe drops off!)
– Anonymous Paramedic
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