Roma man dies in ambulance in Slovakia, crew dumps his body in front his home
In the Slovak town of Košice, emergency medical responders at the Luník housing estate, which is predominantly inhabited by Roma, returned to place the body of a 53-year-old Roma man who had died in their ambulance at the bottom of the stairs to his apartment building. They had been in the process of transporting him to the hospital, but once he was dead the crew placed his body in a plastic bag by the stairs near the entrance to his building. The case was reported in the Slovak media and the family of the deceased wants to file criminal charges.
The family called an ambulance for the man on Saturday. "When they took him out of the apartment on stretchers in the morning, he was still alive, but after several hours the ambulance brought him back dead and cast him onto the ground covered in plastic like a dog! I am horrified and shocked," the wife of the deceased told the Slovak daily Nový čas.
Regional daily Korzár reports that the approach taken by the rescuers working for the Falck Záchranná company was not standard. Ingrid Takáčová, head physician at the operations center for emergency health services in Bratislava, told the paper the crew’s responsibility had been to take the body to the closest medical facility for examination.
However, Magdaléna Magdová, spokesperson for Falck Záchranná, told the daily no regulations had been violated. According to her, rescuers first began resuscitating the man, before proceeding according to orders from the regional operations center and doctors on the crew of another emergency medical services provider. Media reports do not indicate how long the man’s body lay in the street.