Mother says Detroit EMS refused to transport her sick child

A Detroit mother calls 911 when her toddler is having seizures but are accused of refusing to take her child because she was on a ventilator.

Nita Hoskins' 3-year-old daughter, Shayla, was born premature with a host of medical issues. 

She is on oxygen and a ventilator every minute of her life. Wednesday, she got sick.

"She started seizing, running a temperature of 102 and her heart rate was like 180 over 205," Nita said. "I don't want this to happen to anybody else - it's terrible."

Shayla's already frail state has been even more fragile the last couple of months - ever since she was exposed to a serious infection by a home health care worker.

She just recently came home after a week in the hospital. So Nita was worried - and called 911.

"The first team that came told me that they didn't feel comfortable transporting her on a ventilator," she said. "I'm like okay who do you call, if you don't have a way to transport your kid, if you can't call them,"

Nita's car is broken down. She didn't have any other choice but to call EMS - and now she says they wouldn't take Shayla to the hospital.

She says a supervisor arrived, checked on Shayla's situation and ordered the paramedics to transport her - but they didn't.

"They called him into the living room," she said. "(And) told him they still didn't feel comfortable transporting her."

Nita says she argued with them for nearly an hour. Finally they called for an advanced unit which arrived right away and brought Shayla to Detroit Children's Hospital of Michigan.

"We finally got Shayla to the hospital after an hour of going back and forth," Nita said.

She says one of the paramedics told her he was new to the job and just didn't feel comfortable transporting Shayla with her ventilator.

"My daughter is very sensitive, she's on life support already," Nita said. "Who do you call, if you can't call EMS or fire - who am I supposed to call."

Detroit Fire Department officials say the incident is under investigation but that ultimately the paramedics contacted the emergency room at Children's Hospital and transported Shayla based on the directions of the physician there. 
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