06/04/2012

Phila. police can transport trauma victims

Some patrol officers estimate that they take as many as a third of the city's shooting victims to hospitals

By Allison Steele
The Philadelphia Inquirer

PHILADELPHIA — Dominique Seward heard the shots, three loud pops coming from behind as she walked toward her West Philadelphia home. Seward was six months pregnant on the night of May 24, 2011, and as she started to run, hands holding her belly, she felt a wave of fatigue, then searing pain.

The bullet ripped through her back under her shoulder blade, and lodged near her heart. When police arrived at the scene at 60th Street near Lansdowne, officers said there was no time to wait for an ambulance. With Seward bleeding heavily in the backseat of the cruiser, officers ran all the lights until they reached the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania.

Police estimate that Seward arrived at the ER in four minutes. She was in shock and nearly unconscious.

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