Paramedics helping dying patient shocked by nasty note left on parked ambulance
Paramedics responding to a call about a 42-year-old man vomiting blood were stunned when they returned to their emergency vehicle to find a nasty note left by a neighbor of the ailing man.
Staff members at Livingstone House, a rehabilitation center for drug and alcohol addicts in Birmingham, England, called for emergency assistance after a resident collapsed and began vomiting blood, according to the Mirror.
EMTs who arrived at the scene reportedly spent about half an hour trying to revive the man before deciding they had to rush him to the hospital. But when they returned to their parked ambulance, they found a hand-written note on the vehicle's windshield critiquing them on their parking job.
"You may be saving lives, but don't park your van in a stupid place and block my drive," the note read.
Sadly, the unnamed patient died after being rushed to the hospital, and according to John Hagans, a nurse consultant at Livingstone House, the letter made the patient's parents feel "fifty times worse" about their son's death.
West Midlands paramedic Tasha Starkey, who found the nasty note pinned to her ambulance, later took to Twitter to call out the man who wrote it.
"Crew alerted an extremely poorly patient to hospital... minimal on scene time, arrived at hospital to find this note..." she wrote. "This patient was TIME-CRITCAL."
Following Starkey's tweet, her employer also took to social media to condemn the note, writing, "Just heard from one of our staff that two crews were treating a cardiac arrest patient today — the most serious case we can attend — and someone banged on the side of the ambulance asking them to move as they couldn’t get their car out! Sorry, #patientscomefirst."
It was later revealed that the man behind the note was 27-year-old Hassan Shabbir, a teacher who lives three doors away from the rehab center with his wife, children and parents.
"I'm ashamed that I did what I did, deeply ashamed. My heart goes out to the man that passed away," Shabbir told the Mirror. "There’s no justification, there is no explanation, there is nothing that I can say to justify my actions.
"I would like to apologize for any offense that I have caused to the family members of the man who passed away," he continued. "I'm deeply sorry. I’ve just been to the mosque after work and have sought forgiveness from God."