On Friday, the EMT response over a dying Brooklyn woman was partially thwarted by her 22-year-old son, according to the Daily News. Dexter Carter ended up punching one of the EMTs working on Diane Carter, and a police source says, "He prevented EMS from rendering medical service to his mother."
Apparently Dexter Carter called at 12:21 p.m., saying his 54-year-old mother wasn't eating or feeling well. The News explains, "Such a call is given less priority than more urgent emergencies by the city’s busy EMS crews, sources said." But then he called eight minutes later, to say his mother was vomiting blood. Then, when, EMTs arrived six minutes later to their Brownsville home, Carter punched one in the face.
By that time, Diane Carter had gone into cardiac arrest and was declared dead at 1:13 p.m. (the ME's office said that she died of heart disease and hypertension, with obesity as a factor). Dexter Carter, who has nearly a dozen prior arrests, was charged with assault. He told the News, "I wasn’t in my right state of mind," noting that he was upset because the EMTs seemed too light-heated, "I just saw my mother throw up waterfalls of blood. She was my inspiration."