Edith Isabel Rodriguez died in the Martin Luther King Jr. Harbor Hospital ER, while staff, 911 dispatchers and police refused to act, despite repeated calls. 911 dispatchers argued with callers and refused to call paramedics, claiming no emergency.
Police summoned by relatives and bystanders to help her instead arrested her on a parole violation. She died as they were wheeling her from the ER.
Rodriguez was bleeding from the mouth and writhing in pain on the ER floor as staff looked on and did nothing to help her. Callers described her situation to dispatchers who refused help. County and state authorities are now investigating her death.