Veteran calls 911 from VA emergency room
ABC 25 News
March 22nd 2018
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (KFOR/CNN) – A patient at the Oklahoma City, OK, Veterans Affairs hospital says she was so distraught from stomach pain that was going untreated, she called 911 from the emergency room.
Robin Harrison says she went to the VA for a routine appointment, but when she left, she started to feel debilitating stomach cramps.
“[They] literally doubled me over, and I fell on the ground,” Harrison said.
Her doctor sent her down to the ER, where Harrison listed her symptoms for a triage nurse.
“I told her I was in extreme pain, that it felt like I was having labor pains in my stomach,” Harrison said.
The veteran was told to wait, and while waiting, she lay down on a bench.
“I’m starting to cry and moan, and it’s like, ‘I can’t help it. This hurts so bad,’” Harrison said.
Harrison says after about two hours, the pain was too much to bear, so she started going up to the registrar’s desk and asking to be seen sooner. No one came.
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