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Saturday, December 07, 2013
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How heartless have we become?
Yesterday’s newspaper reports a middle-aged pedestrian collapsed on a Curepe footpath during the broiling noonday heat. Apparently he had suffered a heart attack.
Curepe and environs are chock-full of doctors’ offices and other professional, medical institutions; notable among these would be St Augustine Private Hospital, Medical Associates and Mt Hope Medical Sciences Complex, all of them are a stone’s throw away. The Priority Bus Route neatly cuts through the area; it offers traffic-free access almost to the doors of every one of these places of refuge, in life-threatening emergencies.
Yet, the gentleman was left to die on the baking, concrete slab. No one at the scene measured him as a human being worthy of being picked up immediately and rushed to any of the many nearby places where lifesaving, professional assistance was available. So, he died...his vital signs slipped away irreversibly on the blisteringly hot Curepe concrete...under the cold glaze of citizens who had done their duty of calling the ambulance...and idling till it arrived.
The newspaper headline matter-of-factly reported: “Man dies after hour-long wait for ambulance.” What? It’s “the authorities” fault? What manner of heartless beasts have we become? The more appropriate headline would have been: “No one lifted a finger to help.” May he rest in peace and, hopefully, the manner of his passing may awaken the Good Samaritan within us.
Prizgar Lands, Laventille
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