DC Expands EMS Investigation After 2-Year-Old's Death

Friday, Mar 5, 2010  |  Updated 7:08 PM EDT
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Officials Probe 911 Response In Death Of Child

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Officials Probe 911 Response In Death Of Child

Officials in the District are trying whether the emergency response to a 9-1-1 call .. contributed to the death of a child.
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D.C. officials are expanding the investigation into the death of a 2-year-old girl who was having breathing problems but wasn't immediately taken to the hospital.

D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services spokesman Pete Piringer said emergency workers were called to Stephanie Stephens' home on Feb. 10. A paramedic recommended running a hot shower to help clear congestion from the child's lungs.

Eight hours later, paramedics were called again. They took Stephanie to a hospital, where she died the next day. Piringer said the emergency workers involved are on leave during the review.

The division has had other high-profile transport cases in the past. An investigation found emergency medical personnel contributed to the death of a journalist who was beaten and robbed by not immediately getting him to a hospital.
 

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