2 EMS crew members suspended; 'dead' woman wasn't

Associated Press - March 27, 2010 5:44 PM ET

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Officials say a woman lay in the yard of a west Little Rock home for more than three hours while ambulance crews, police and coroner's office officials debated whether she was dead or alive.

She was eventually taken to a hospital Friday morning by the third ambulance crew called to the scene.

Officials of Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services say they've suspended the senior members of the first two ambulance crews that concluded 52-year-old Pamela Harper had died, though she was still alive. An emergency room doctor also pronounced the woman dead before she was eventually taken to the hospital after she took a breath as a deputy coroner and his bosses watched.

Mark Lowman, a spokesman for Baptist Medical Center, said Saturday he could only confirm that Harper is a patient at the hospital. He said he could not provide a condition report on her because the hospital did not have a signed patient-privacy waiver in hand.

Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, http://www.arkansasonline.com

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