Tashonna Ward, 25, spent hours in the same building as doctors, waiting to be seen by one of them. She left that hospital to go to an urgent care clinic.
She never made it. Tashonna died on January 2, without ever getting the medical attention she sought from not one but two healthcare facilities, her family has said.
Her chest started hurting and Tashonna was having trouble breathing at work at L&M Links child care center that Thursday and had her her sister driver her to Froedtert Hospital in Wauwatosa, Wisconsin.
Tashonna arrived there around 5pm. Over the next couple of hours she sent multiple texts and posted no Facebook several times, including a 7:35pm post revealing that the hospital had told Tashonna she might have to wait two to six hours to be seen.
Her family is stunned and heartbroken over the loss of Tashonna as well as by how many have said Tashonna's tragedy resonates with them and their experiences at the hospital, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
After developing chest pain and shortness of breath, Tashonna Ward, 25, went to the ER of Froedtert Hospital in Wisconsin (left). But after 2.5 hours of waiting she hadn't been seen, left, and ultimately collapsed and died on January 2 (right)
Tashonna came to the hospital complaining of chest pain and shortness of breath and she allegedly had a an enlarged heart, something that would have been documented in her medical history.
In emergency room triage, patients with chest pain are supposed to be among the first seen.
But Tashonna was deferred.
According to the Journal Sentinel, the hospital staff gave Tashonna an electrocardiogram to assess her heartbeat.
The results were reportedly normal, although her chest X-ray showed her enlarged heart, consistent with her previous diagnosis.
Tashonna had given birth to a baby a few months prior, but the child was born with the umbilical cord wrapped around its neck and, tragically, died.
After her electrocardiogram, Tashonna was made to wait once more.
At the time of publication, Froedtert's website said the ER wait time was nine minutes. A ProPublica analysis suggests patients may wait some four hours and 44 minutes
While she waited and tried to keep her cool, she posted to Facebook, writing at 5:45pm: 'I really hope I'm not in this emergency room all night.'
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