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Asthma victim died because of LICH failure: suit

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The family of an asthma-stricken pregnant woman who died gasping for breath at a Downtown cafe as two city EMTs stood idly by has sued the city.

The family of Eutisha Rennix is not only claiming that the emergency medical workers failed to act, but also that the ambulance dispatched from Long Island College Hospital wasn’t equipped with the medication needed to save her.

“It was a combination of wrongful acts,” explained attorney Sanford Rubenstein, who is representing the family.

Rennix, who was eight months pregnant, died last Dec. 9 after succumbing to an asthma attack inside the Au Bon Pain in the Metrotech Center on Jay Street.

At the time, witnesses said paramedics Melisa Jackson and Jason Green were getting coffee, but did nothing to assist the East Flatbush resident.

The ambulance failed to save Rennix, and by the time a second ambulance — this one with the appropriate medication — arrived, Rennix had been without oxygen for too long. Doctors managed to save Rennix’s baby boy, but the newborn lived for just two days.

Jackson and Green were suspended for 30 days.

Rennix’s family is seeking unspecified damages from the city, the FDNY and Long Island College Hospital.

A spokesman for Law Department said attorneys were reviewing the suit and preparing their response. Long Island College Hospital declined comment this week.

District Attorney Charles Hynes launched an investigation into Rennix’s death, but has yet to release his findings.

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Andy from Boerum Hill says:
This is poor reporting and a gross distortion of the truth in order to shock readers with sensational headlines & capitalize on a tragedy and The Brooklyn Paper should know better.

The two ambulances dispatched to Ms. Rennix were both appropriately equipped: the first was a BLS (Basic Life Support) unit, the second ALS (Advanced Life Support). In a two-tiered system such as NYC's calls are often dispatched this way. The order of arrival of the units reflects the rapidly increasing severity of her condition, and nothing else.
Sept. 8, 2010, 5:54 am
giovaniF from Maimi says:
Ahh Lynn....from Park Slope. I hope you die a horrible painful death you devil. People like you make me sick. You should be thanking the black man who built this nation on his back thanks to your evil devil ancestors. You are a pice of trash and I hope you die from cancer just based on what you say. Yeah I'm evil but I'm cool with that and would step right over you if I could save your life. I would rather save a stinking immigrant before O would save you. Why don't you move to Wyonming of something with your KKK family
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:04 am
giovani from Maimi says:
And Lynn another thing most frivilous lawsuits are filed by white people. Most real crime that actually affects a dumbass like you is carried out by white corporate executives who wiped out retirement funds for millions and then get to run for governor of Florida but then again you are just a ignorant piece of trash and like I said I hope you die a long horrible death just based on your racist facist nature. You speak like you high and mighty but remember you stole this land and it was built by slaves. The Judeo Christian way...well at least that what most of the trash like you say....it was built of Christian values of enslaving one group after stealing from another (Natives)
Sept. 8, 2010, 10:10 am

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