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Latino Daily News

Saturday February 12, 2011

Cuban immigrant Dies Feet from ER when told to call 911

Cuban immigrant Dies Feet from ER when told to call 911

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Cuban Immigrant, Birgilio Marin-Fuentes (61) drove himself to the hospital on Thursday night to the Portland Adventist Medical Center. Marin-Fuentes had been suffering from pain and coughing and made it to the hospital garage where he crashed into the pillar and wall, about 125 feet from the Emergency Room Entrance.

About 20 minutes lapsed before 3 police officers were contacted in the hospital and responded to the unconscious Marin Fuentes.  Two officers began CPR and the third officer ran back to the ER to alert them, and he was told to call 911.

This act violates the Emergency Medical Treatment and Active Labor Act approved in 1986. The act requires all Medicare participating hospitals with emergency departments treat any critically ill patients on their premises, including parking lots.

Birgilio Marin-Fuentes did not survive the heart attack.

The victim’s wife, Claudia Luis Garcia told The Oregonian she believes if she had insisted on driving with her husband to the hospital, he might still be alive.
“They left him to die,” Luis Garcia said.