A 21-year-old woman died in a Texas hospital in a “medical emergency” when she fell while getting an ambulance to her family, police said.
The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, the Texas Medical Examiner’s Office said Thursday.
The Austin American-Statesman reports the woman was in critical condition Thursday evening and is expected to be transported to the University of Texas Medical Center.
Police said a 911 call from a woman in her early 20s said her mother was unresponsive after collapsing on a stretcher while driving her daughter to the hospital.
The family was not at the hospital Thursday night.
“This is a tragedy,” Sgt. Pete Dolan told KXAN.
“Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, as well as the Austin family.”
Police say the woman had been working at a hospital when she collapsed.
She was rushed to a nearby hospital, where she was pronounced.
A spokesperson for the Austin Fire Department said the ambulance driver was responding to a 911 request about a woman who had collapsed on a trolley.
“We were called to the scene by the ambulance company and the woman, as was the driver of the ambulance, fell unconscious and was pronounced deceased,” said Sgt. Joe DeRosa.
The dispatcher said a woman was unconscious, but did not give her name.
She told police she had fallen down while getting a ride home from work.
“She was a good employee,” said DeRoso.
“They should have called an ambulance and taken her home.
I’m sorry for the inconvenience.”
Police did not release the woman’s name or the medical examiner’s office, citing the investigation.