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Accident victims allege mistreatment by WRH nurses

A resident of Silk Grass Village says she was shunned and denied treatment at the Western Regional Hospital last night.  25-year=old Emily Depaz was one of four persons who were involved in a road traffic incident in Armenia Village, Cayo District. 

A resident of Silk Grass Village says she was shunned and denied treatment at the Western Regional Hospital last night.  25-year=old Emily Depaz was one of four persons who were involved in a road traffic incident in Armenia Village, Cayo District.  Love News understands that they were travelling in a pickup truck when they experienced a blow-out.  They were taken to the Western Regional Hospital and that was when their ordeal was compounded.  According to Diana Somoza who was also a victim in last night’s incident, the nurses at the hospital refused to attend to Depaz as she was coughing up blood.  To add insult to injury the medical caregivers allegedly accused the accident victims of being from San Pedro.  Tonight we bring you Somoza’s explanation of what transpired.

As is the norm these days, Somoza took out her phone to document on video the treatment they were getting from the Western Regional Hospital.  Before she could press record, Somoza says she was assaulted by WRH staff members and her phone was slapped out of her hand.

Diana Somoza, Friend of Victim: “He pushed me, one nurse pulled my daughter from my hand. When he pushed me against the ambulance afterwards he tried to take away my phone but I held it tight. When I held it tight he grabbed my hand he twisted it backward and when he twisted it backwards I started to scream because I felt like he was going to break my hand off. He didn’t want to come off me so the security and some nurses came and moved me off right. Afterwards they had my daughter so I calmed down for my daughter because when they took my daughter from me she started crying hard so I told them I just wanted my daughter and I left the phone right there with the man and I left with my daughter and they still overnight they didn’t attend to my friend. My friend was vomiting, bleeding, she had a big cut on her face she didn’t get stitched either. She got a cut behind her head and she didn’t get stitches or anything not even alcohol, her hair is still stiff from the blood they didn’t even bathe or her change her or anything. If it wasn’t for the nurse that was there in the night shift that his shift over so he kind of half attended her but afterwards when the doctor went nobody attended my friend, she stayed right there and if she was to die she was going to die right there. Nobody wanted to touch her. The nurse reached in the room and she moved the brace and when she moved it hard my friend started bleeding out and the nurse just walked out and my friend was saying “Nurse. Nurse I’m bleeding out.” and the nurse just walked went and I just hold it for my friend so that she didn’t bleed out. This morning they never checked her either they just let us go and that’s it.”

Depaz who will be celebrating her 26th birthday on August 21 was taken to a private facility by her family.  She was treated and discharged today.  Somoza says she has since made a report to the police.  We will continue to follow this story.