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911 - Don’t Count On It!

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Posted: Friday, December 27, 2019 11:57 am

I hate to get dramatic about this, but on the night of Dec. 4, I fell and cracked three ribs (Emergency Room Xray diagnosis). It hurt, but I went back home and took up residency on the first floor of my house.

What we didn’t know was that I had cracked five ribs and torn a hole into the rib sack. Fluid was building up in that sack, and at midnight of Dec. 12, I tried to stand up to go to the rest room and began passing out. Two more rest room tries, same result.

Urgent mental thought: CALL 911 on cell phone. I called, no result.

Called and woke up my wife topside and told her to come down and unlock front door. Told her to call 911 on land line, no result.

Told her to call 911 on her cell phone. No result.

Tried 911 again on my cell phone. No result. Passing out, but called my son, Chris, in National City. “Call 911!” He tried, no result again.

Four different phone calls from four different phones (three cell phone, one landline) to 911 with no result. He jumped in his car and sped at 80 MPH to Coronado hoping to be stopped by a police officer who would call 911. No luck.

Still thinking, he went to the Coronado Emergency Room who then called and got 911.

The Paramedics met Chris at the house. I had accumulated two liters (4.23 pints) of blood in my lungs and would probably have died (they tell me) if Chris had not been available.

Now this 911 emergency response is totally unacceptable! You and I count on it, and in my case it didn’t work! Right now I can’t investigate why this happened because I am in the U.C.S.D. Trauma Center, in Hillcrest, dribbling residual fluid from my chest cavity, and probably will be for a few more days, but here they all say, “Get ‘Life Alert!’” I hate to endorse a business I do not know, but we are getting “Life Alert”

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