A woman claims she fell out of the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital, but the paramedic didn’t notice for 16 miles.
The incident took place in Russia and has sparked a criminal investigation after the woman claims it has left her “lame for life”.
Galina Dmitriyeva, 56-years-old, rolled onto the busy road unconscious and narrowly missed being run over after calling the ambulance, due to thinking she may have suffered a stroke.
Once other drives noticed, they immediately tried to help the woman and a traffic policeman attempted to resuscitate her.
Galina was being shuttled between hospitals whilst doctors tried to figure out why she was breathless and dizzy.
After medics decided she wasn’t suffering a stroke at Lipetsk city, she was immediately sent to Zadonsk District Hospital.
The incident took place as a paramedic decided to break an important rule, by not sitting with Galina but in the front with the driver. This meant the ill pool cleaner was left alone in the back of the ambulance.
Galina informed Komsomolskaya Pravda: “I felt increasingly unwell.
“I said to the woman paramedic that I was unwell.
“She shouted at me: ‘What do you want now? Sit quiet’.”
As Galina’s condition grew worse, she attempted to move in order to plea for help from the paramedic.
Instead, she tumbled out of the back of the ambulance as the door had not been properly locked.
“Everything went dark,” she said. “I flew out on the road.”
It was another 16 miles before the ambulance crew realised that Galina had fallen out of the back of the ambulance and that their patient was missing.
She came round in the A&E at a hospital, after being rushed there by another ambulance crew.
Galina, who lives alone, broke her jaw, leg and hip and will be “lame for life” and claims that she has yet to receive an apology.
The incident has only just been disclosed, despite taking place over eight months ago.
Galina states that she still needs crutches to get about and walk and now finds it difficult to talk.
Initially, the police refused to open a criminal probe as to how and why the incident took place and that the health damage that was caused to Galina. However, this was overruled by prosecutors.
A few members of staff have been reprimanded because of the incident and the paramedic could face up to one year in jail.
The hospital originally stated that Galina wanted to leave the ambulance and left of her own accord, but have since admitted responsibility for the incident.