THE DAILY SOUTHERNER
To the Editor:
On July 28, 911 was called because my husband had a bad headache. I was transferred to communications in Edgecombe County, where I spoke to a female operator. I informed her I needed Rescue because my husband had a bad headache and gave her our address and telephone number. It was between 8:40-8:45 a.m. At 8:55, I saw my husband go through a change I had never seen before. Rescue had not arrived. We live only 2-and-a-half miles from Pinetops, so I prayed to God and said to my husband "please, do not die on me."
I called back, cancelled Rescue and was taking my husband to Tarboro ER when Rescue was coming out of my sister's yard. My husband waved them over, and I turned into our driveway. The [emergency] operator said, "You cancelled us." I said yes because it took too long.
She replied, "He just had a headache, so we took our time." I said he had a bad headache, then got back in my truck and took my husband to Tarboro ER. They did a CT scan and said he had an aneurysm. He was airlifted to Pitt Vidant Hospital. Three days later, we also found out he had walking pneumonia. He was in Pit's neurosurgery ICU for 20 days and Vidant Edgecombe for seven days.
When 911 is called, it should be always be treated as an emergency. You never know when it is a person on their death bed.