The Spark

the Voice of
The Communist League of Revolutionary Workers–Internationalist

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.”
— Karl Marx

Florida Woman Dies
– Denied Ambulance Service

Aug 6, 2018

Four Florida paramedics have been accused of racial profiling and failing to provide due medical care to Crystle Galloway on July 4th. Galloway’s mother told a reporter that the paramedics assumed the family could not afford the cost of the ambulance.

Galloway had given birth by Caesarean section a few days earlier. Her mother, Nicole Black, called 911 after finding her daughter collapsed in the bath. The ambulance crew, after they arrived, kept asking Black over and over, “Do you want to go to the hospital? Do you want to go to the hospital?” Black kept telling them yes and begging for help.

Black said the paramedics spent 12 minutes urging her to drive her daughter to the hospital herself, while her daughter lay on the ground in the fetal position. The paramedics then placed Galloway in her mother’s car and she drove her to the hospital. Galloway later slipped into a coma and died five days later.

Hillsborough County officials have already accepted responsibility and said, “We did in fact fail to provide good care to this woman.”

Being black and poor prevented Galloway from receiving proper health care, which could have saved her life.