A furious paramedic revealed how she was abused by motorists after she blocked a parking space while she was treating a seriously ill patient.
Katie Tudor, who works for the West Midlands Ambulance Service, took to Twitter to vent about people who were shouting at her while she was trying to do her job.
She wrote: “Please don’t shout at me for blocking your parking space when I’m trying to coordinate the extrication of a pt in cardiac arrest!!
Please don’t shout at me for blocking your parking space when I’m trying to coordinate the extrication of a pt in cardiac arrest!! We are desperately trying to save someones life and could do without angry bystanders! @OFFICIALWMAS
— Katie Tudor (@wmaskatietudor) January 17, 2018
“We are desperately trying to save someones life and could do without angry bystanders!”
Katie and her crew performed CPR on the patient, who continued to receive advanced life support on the way to Royal Stoke Hospital in Stoke-on-Trent.
Twitter users came out in support of Katie after her post went viral:
Unbelievable! – they wouldn’t be so quick to bark at you if it was there loved one needing assistance!
— lm nicholson (@lmnicholson68) January 19, 2018
Katie hope your ok?? It annoys me to see the level abuse Paramedics get you know I support you and the team 100% and any other paramedic for delivering a top class service #notoabuse #Paramedicsaveslifes #bluelighthappy
— Shane Brown (@shanebrown2010) January 18, 2018
Just a sad indictment of the times we live in, no respect to those who serve to protect & save others
— UCS (@ucsjlr) January 20, 2018
There are some seriously petty idiots out there. Hopefully there are enough decent sane sensible people out there that will let you park in their driveways and resident spaces and even move their cars to male room if it helps you save a life.
— Softstuff (@softstuffc) January 18, 2018
Unbelievable!! Totally disgusted & horrified someone can actually have the cheek!!
— Emma (@EmzyWillow) January 21, 2018
Good grief there are actual ‘humans’ that do this to our fabulous paramedics?!? Keep doing what you do Katie! X
— Amy Jessica Gage (@AmyJFretwell) January 18, 2018
You carry on & block spaces, your job is very demanding & sometimes emergency services don’t get enough credit. Those bystanders may need you one day, I’m sure they will think different then x
— Lucy Passey (@LPassey) January 18, 2018
A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “It was incredibly frustrating to hear of our staff getting abuse when they are trying to help a patient in their hour of need.
“In this particular incident, our staff were trying to save the life of a patient who had suffered a cardiac arrest, the most serious type of call we attend.
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“In our line of work the patient must always come first. Our staff will always endeavour to move out of the way as quickly as possible or park in a clear space in the first instance but the nature of the job means we do sometimes have to park where we block someone in.
“It is simply not acceptable that staff who are there to help people should suffer abuse from patients, their relatives or others at the scene.”