Death of Naomi Musenga: the emergency medical service operator definitively sentenced: News

The emergency medical service operator convicted of failing to assist a person in danger after mocking Naomi Musenga, a 22-year-old woman who died shortly afterwards in hospital, has decided not to appeal, the Musenga family’s lawyer said on Wednesday.

“The family of Naomi Musenga has learned of the wish of Mrs. M., operator of Samu 67, not to appeal the sentences handed down against her,” the law firm Coubris & Associés said in a press release.

The operator, Corinne M., was sentenced to a one-year suspended prison sentence on July 4 by the Strasbourg Criminal Court. Contacted by AFP, the law firm of Me Thomas Callen, who was defending her, confirmed that she would not appeal this sentence.

“This decision is welcomed with great relief by the victim’s relatives,” said the Coubris & Associés firm. The criminal aspect is closed but “the procedure will continue next fall, this time before the administrative courts and against the Strasbourg University Hospitals, in order to consider compensation for their losses,” it said.

Mother of an 18-month-old child, Naomi Musenga died on December 29, 2017 at the Strasbourg hospital after being taken in with “an overall delay of nearly 02H20”, according to a report from the General Inspectorate of Social Affairs (IGAS).

Complaining of severe stomach pains, she contacted the fire brigade who transferred the call to the emergency services.

“I have a very bad stomach ache”, “I’m going to die…”, explained Naomi Musenga, struggling to express herself. “Yes, you will die, certainly one day like everyone else”, retorted the regulator, before hanging up.

Naomi Musenga was finally referred to SOS Médecins and hospitalized but could not be saved.

According to the investigation, his death was not linked to the delay in treatment.

After the death of Naomi Musenga, an initial assessment, denounced by her family, concluded that her death was the result of “paracetamol poisoning taken through self-medication over several days”.

But a second expert report refuted these conclusions, suggesting a digestive vascular accident which had caused a hemorrhage.



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