A woman who attempted to commit suicide by shooting herself was declared dead by emergency medical workers. However, an hour later, police officers at the scene heard her struggling to breathe.
She died at the hospital nine hours later.
Diana Rodriguez, 32, a bipolar woman living in the Richmond Hill section of Queens, New York, was found inside her home just after 9 a.m., according to the New York Daily News.
Rodriguez shot herself in the head while speaking on the phone with her boyfriend, who was traveling in Ohio. He called her sister, who called police.
NYPD officers arrived, as did EMTs from Jamaica Hospital. The Daily News reported that they found Rodriguez on the floor with a rifle by her side. After searching in vain for a pulse, the medical workers declared her dead, called off other medical responders and left the scene.
More than an hour later, the cops, which were prepping the crime scene for investigators, heard wheezing coming from the supposedly dead body.
“The [EMTs] f---ed this one up,” an unnamed source with knowledge of the matter told the Daily News.
The same emergency team arrived back at Rodriguez’s home at 10:39 a.m. Thursday along with other medical personnel.
Twenty-six minutes later, Rodriguez arrived at Jamaica Hospital, still alive. She was declared dead a second time in the evening.
“It’s under investigation,” a hospital spokeswoman told the newspaper.
Rodriguez’s family is distressed about the mistake, wondering if prompter medical attention could have saved her life.
“We’re planning on calling the police and investigating this ourselves,” one relative told the Daily News.
Sources told the paper that the rifle Rodriguez shot herself with belonged to her boyfriend.
The woman’s next-door neighbor, 70-year-old Peter Ramjattan, told the News that Rodriguez and her boyfriend would fight at times.
“She was always happy, always smiling,” Ramjattan said. “There were always disturbances in that house, a lot of arguments — but nothing like this.”