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Houston ambulance breaks down – Child in cardiac arrest wheeled to hospital on gurney

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Joel Eisenbaum, KPRC-TV:

Houston Fire Department paramedics, dealing with a broken-down ambulance during an emergency, rolled a child with cardiac problems on a gurney for two blocks on Wednesday night to get to Texas Children’s Hospital.

“Lost all power, had to push the stretcher and a working pediatric cardiac arrest two blocks down Fannin to Texas Children’s Hospital,” the paramedic wrote on Facebook.

Channel 2 Investigates has repeatedly studied the city of Houston’s issue with aging and broken firetrucks and ambulances.

One of the paramedics involved in Wednesday night’s incident noted on his Facebook page that city maintenance officials had been informed of the failing ambulance earlier in the day:

“(The) check engine light has been on for sometime… shop has advised… to ignore it, diagnosing it as ‘probably just the gas cap.'”

Two separate sources said on Thursday that the Paramedic who posted the event on Facebook was advised to remove it and it is now the subject of a formal complaint.

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