The Departmental Fire and Rescue Service (SDIS) of the North and the hospital of Roubaix were sentenced on May 16 to pay 300,000 euros to a quarantine for misdiagnosis during a stroke (stroke) . The man is now tetraplegic.
On August 17, 2012, dizzy, vomiting, disturbed balance and speech, Christophe Blard called the fire department and described his symptoms. Thinking of a heat stroke, the firefighter at the end of the wire advises him to go home and does not move. But on the way, Christophe Blard collapses. About two hours later, a passerby discovers him unconscious in the street and drives him to Victor-Provo Hospital in Roubaix.
On the spot, the doctors wait two hours before deciding to send it to CHR Lille "given the seriousness of his state of health". Arrived on site at 3:30 am, it is too late: Christophe already has a "quadriplegic tetraplegia to four members" following his stroke. A diagnostic neurological examination that he suffers from "locked in syndrom" or syndrome of confinement. If his intellectual faculties are intact, he is now tetraplegic and dependent. He is conscious, hears and sees but can not speak anymore.
"The operator who took the call did not do what was needed"
After six years of proceedings, the administrative court of Lille finally sentenced the SDIS and the hospital of Roubaix to pay him 315 287.43 euros and 18 000 euros to his parents. Indeed, according to justice, the 3h30 delay in the patient's treatment deprived him of "30% chance of undergoing a less unfavorable neurological evolution and to preserve less severe sequelae of the cerebrovascular accident of which he was victim".
"It is clear from the call that he passes to the firefighters that he is in a state of distress and in any event that the operator who took the call did not do the necessary. dysfunction of the service ", testified Blandine Lejeune, Christophe's lawyer, to BFMTV. In his defense, the Northern SDIS states that the duty firefighter who took the call responded to the victim in "a suitable manner in view of the large number of calls that day, of his very limited medical skills and symptoms described by the subject may suggest other pathologies than a stroke ".
ER errors follow one another
This case is not unlike that of Naomi Musenga, who died in late December after contacting Samu Strasbourg who had made fun of her on the phone. Five months later, revelations about the circumstances of his death triggered a massive media storm and led to the opening of several instructions. The Strasbourg public prosecutor's office opened a preliminary investigation by the head of non-assistance to persons in danger and the victim's parents lodged a complaint to find out the exact causes of the death of their daughter. In parallel, an administrative inquiry was opened by the university hospitals (Hus). Minister of Health Agnès Buzyn must meet with emergency doctors to take stock of the tragedy.
Since these revelations, evidence of negligence has been pouring into the media. Thursday, May 17, the prosecutor's office of Saint-Etienne opened an investigation for "non-assistance to person in danger and manslaughter", after the death of a 38-year-old woman, 6 months pregnant, not supported by the Samu nine days ago. Victim of a malaise on February 28, her husband calls for help. The operator advises him to call SOS Doctor, which he does. But when the doctor comes in two hours later, the mother is in heart trouble. He then practices a cardiac massage and in turn calls the Samu. The young woman is placed in an artificial coma, but neither her baby nor her survive. The Deputy Prosecutor of the Republic of Saint-Etienne, André Merle, "seized the judicial police of a preliminary investigation".
Samu refuses to move
At the beginning of February, in the middle of the night, a 3-year-old girl in great respiratory and neurological distress was brought by her mother to the Aix-les-Bains hospital. Contaminated by the flu, little Lissana could not be revived. Her family said they called Samu when she saw the girl's condition deteriorate. But the rescue refused to move, forcing the mother to take her daughter to the hospital. However, the girl was 3 years and more than 40 ° C fever since Sunday, January 28, when the diagnosis of influenza had been made by a doctor.
The persistence of fever for 2 days and the gradual onset of a growing respiratory gene, very unusual in winter flu, should have alerted the Samu doctors, especially with the girl's history of bronchiolitis. All signs of severity of an unusual flu were present to trigger a Samu intervention and immediate hospitalization in pediatric intensive care.
Amputee after late recovery
These dramas are also reminiscent of Thomas Veyret (21 years old), who was amputated after taking Samu in late in 2017. "It was the same hateful speech and above all no empathy for the person, no consideration of his condition". recalls the young man after hearing the recording of Naomi Musenga's call to Samu.
At the time, Thomas performs figures on a trampoline at his place of work in Grenoble and falls down badly. He then calls Samu and explains to the operator that his leg is "square", so fractured. The operator asks him to straighten it himself: "Wait I'm going slowly because there ..." says the young man. And his interlocutor to answer him: "Go slowly but there I wait for a moment". This bad gesture and its late management prevent the oxygenation of his leg for several hours.
As BFMTV points out, Thomas had to wait 7 hours before the CT scan, an examination to visualize the arteries and blood vessels responsible for oxygenating the body. "The situation is common between the case concerning my client and this young woman who died, Naomi, to know that it is this lack of listening that causes the medical error," said Me Edouard Bourgin, the lawyer of the Veyret family.