The parents of a mother discovered dead at her home just hours after paramedics had cleared her are now accusing the emergency services of ‘allowing her to die.’
Emma Carrington, 49, had to perform CPR on Lauren Page Smith, 29, after finding her on the bathroom floor, with her two-year-old daughter clinging to her chest, saying ‘Mummy won’t wake up.’ Ms Carrington and Lauren’s father, Geoffrey, 56, are calling for the dismissal of the two paramedics involved in the incident and are determined to seek justice for their daughter.
In a heart-wrenching interview, Ms Carrington said, ‘I blame them two. I want their jobs. I blame them. Nothing’s going to bring Lauren back, but I don’t want this happening to anybody ever again.’ Her husband, Mr. Carrington, also expressed that the couple received ‘no comfort’ from Lauren’s inquest two weeks ago, adding, ‘It just rubber-stamped what we already thought, that they basically let her die.’
The distraught parents have also alleged that ambulance technician Jodie Hardwick, who conducted tests on Lauren, ‘smirked and applied lipstick’ before giving evidence at the inquest.
On November 1, a coroner ruled that Lauren died due to ‘gross failures’ in her care when West Midlands Ambulance Service (WMAS) crews failed to notice a ‘clear sign’ of a cardiac event in progress. However, they did not determine ‘neglect.’