Yes…you read that correctly…hospital staff calling 911 on the telephone to save their patients! Sound too bad to be true? Unfortunately not!

The New York Times reported that this actually happened recently in Texas, where a 44-year-old man named Steve Spivey developed breathing problems after spine surgery. No physician was working there when the staff first recognized he was in trouble. They phoned 911, and he was taken to a nearby full-service hospital, where he was pronounced dead a short time later.

Don’t hospitals have an obligation to the public to be sufficiently staffed to handle these types of emergencies? I think they do and bet you do too!

Read the article here.

Dan Frith
Dan Frith

Dan Frith has over 25 years of experience representing individuals and families in cases of medical malpractice throughout Virginia. He has been named "Best Medical Malpractice Attorney" by Roanoker Magazine and is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. To speak with Dan, contact him by email at