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Teen collapses and dies; ambulances delayed

A teenager suddenly collapsed and died in South West Plaza off Carmichael Road on Saturday evening, according to police.

Police said they were called to the shopping plaza shortly after 3 p.m. after receiving reports that a 15-year-old boy had collapsed.

The teen was transported to hospital where he was pronounced dead, according to police.

Authorities said that there is no suspicion of foul play, however, an autopsy will determine the exact cause of death.

It was reported that no ambulances were available at the time the teen collapsed. 

Public Hospitals Authority (PHA) Director of Communications Judy Terrell told The Nassau Guardian that an ambulance became available 13 minutes after the incident was called in. 

“All of our ambulances were already dispatched at other events,” Terrell said.

“The call came in at about [2:10 p.m.] to us but 13 minutes later, we were able to dispatch. 

“So, we didn’t dispatch right away.”

Terrell said protocol was followed, which in these situations is to contact Doctors Hospital, however, it was unclear why no ambulance was dispatched from there.

She added that she was independently advised that there was a nurse at the scene who began administering cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) to the teenager after he collapsed.

Laurent Rolle

Staff Reporter at The Nassau Guardian
Laurent started at The Nassau Guardian in May 2018 as a paginator. He transitioned to reporting in February 2019. Laurent has covered multiple crime stories. He is the author of “Yello”, which was published in February 2019.
Education: Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) 3rd Year

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