Netizens react on rescue team’s refusal to help old woman

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A VIRAL video showing the refusal of a rescue team in Antipolo to heed the request of the family of an ailing old woman for an ambulance received violent reactions from the netizens.

Mary Michelle Mauricio-Edralin, the Facebook user who shared the video online, said the City of Disaster Risk and Reductions Management Office (CDRRMO) Rescue team in Antipolo allegedly rejected to accompany her grandmother Salvacion Mauricio who was in critical condition in an ambulance.

"We asked the rescue team to ride my grandmother in the ambulance because her life is 50-50 (condition), but instead of helping us, they told us that we should ask for the assistance of a community or barangay, rather," Edralin said.


Edralin said the personnel allegedly told them to undergo process and make a protocol first before they provide some assistance. The rescue team did not even dare to help the old woman, she added.

"What if we rushed her (Mauricio) to the hospital? She would still die and we would even be blamed (on her death),” one of the rescuers said.

Mauricio passed away on August 17 allegedly due to the management's refusal to help her. Edralin, however, still blamed the CDRRMO administrators over the death of her grandmother because they did nothing to help the old woman.

"I can't describe and express how we felt at that time. It was really so painful, and still is," Edralin said.

Meanwhile, netizens expressed their outrage over the rescue team's negative response to Mauricio's case.

A post said that it was the CDRRMO's duty to help Mauricio especially since the team is tasks to respond to emergency.

"Even if the area is out of your responsibility, you are still on a rescue team. If you see patients suffering from critical condition, you have to accommodate them," a post said, referring to a rescuer's statement.

Many netizens said that the rescue team should deem their job a responsibility and should not be after money.

Edralin said that she posted the video of their conversation with the CDRRMO personnel to teach them a lesson they deserved.

The Facebook post currently garnered 18,701 shares and 4,325 likes. (Sunnex)

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