A Milwaukee woman went to the emergency room for chest pain, but after an hourslong wait to see a doctor, she left and went to seek help at an urgent care center. Before she could get inside, she collapsed near her car and died later.
Tashonna Ward, 25, arrived at Froedtert Hospital’s emergency room with her sister at 4:58 p.m. on Jan. 2, according to a Milwaukee County medical examiner’s report.
She was complaining of chest pain and wanted to see a doctor. Multiple tests were performed, and an X-ray showed that she had cardiomegaly, an enlarged heart, the report says.
Ward’s family told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that after the tests were performed, she was asked to stay in the waiting room until further medical care could be provided.
“How can you triage someone with shortness of breath and chest pain and stick them in the lobby?” Andrea Ward, Ward’s cousin, asked the newspaper.
In a Facebook post on Jan. 2, Ward complained about how crowded the emergency room was.
In a second post, she said it was ridiculous that she had been waiting for hours even though her symptoms were chest pains and shortness of breath.
“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—— ridiculous,” the post read.