Paramedic in police-defunded New York City bitten by patient, rushed to the hospital for stitches

NEW YORK CITY, NY – An FDNY paramedic was reportedly bitten by a patient that was described as suffering from an “altered mental status” recently, requiring the paramedic to get stitches on her cheek.

Officials say that the paramedic is “scarred for life” as a result from the attack.

The incident occurred at approximately 1:45 a.m. on March 5th after paramedics were called out to respond to a 17-year-old girl suffering from some sort of episode within the Sheepshead Bay area. 

On site paramedics were reportedly trying to treat the teenage patient, while also working to prevent her from injuring herself. Officials say the 17-year-old girl has then suddenly rushed down a staircase and bit a female paramedic’s face. 

Fire Commissioner Daniel Nigro described the injury sustained by the paramedic as, “horrific” while also noting that no one – especially a paramedic – should have to worry about being attacked in such a fashion while working: 

“No one should be attacked when they are at work, and certainly not EMTs and Paramedics who respond to every incident with one mission – to save lives.”

Anthony Almojera, an EMS lieutenant in Sunset Park who is vice president of Local 3621 of the FDNY Uniformed EMS Officers, shared images of the paramedic’s injury on Twitter, while writing the following caption: 

“Last night this happened to one of our medics here in the FDNY EMS. Every call we go on can be our last. The dangers are everywhere. All the more reason we deserve the same pay and benefits as the other 911 agencies.”

One of the shared photos was individually captioned by the unidentified paramedic, which read: 

“I got bit in the face by a human being just trying to get her on to a stretcher & go to the hospital.”

This incident was just one of three recent similar assaults launched against paramedics in a two-week period within New York City. 

On February 27th, a paramedic reportedly had his thumb bitten while responding to a call within the Bronx. Then on March 4th, reportedly another first responder was bitten when responding to an incident. 

Lieutenant Almojera expressed his frustrations with these sorts of attacks on EMS personnel, saying: 

“We need genuine help in protecting our members. We get attacked and nobody gets prosecuted. We not only need the same pay and benefits as the other 911 agencies, NYPD and Fire, but the same protections as well.”

While it’s unclear as to what the exact prosecution rate is with respect to those who allegedly attack the likes of paramedics, the young girl from the March 5th incident isn’t getting off scot free.

The 17-year-old girl was reportedly transported to Coney Island Hospital following the early-morning incident, and was later charged with assault in the second degree and assault with intent to cause physical injury.

The identity of the suspect has not been released as of this writing, nor is it clear whether it will be due to the suspect’s age.

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In other reports related to medical professionals being attacked by patients they’re treating, we at Law Enforcement Today recently reported on an incident in Pennsylvania where a doctor was reportedly stabbed by one of their patients. 

Here’s that previous report from February. 

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PHILADELPHIA, PA – According to Philadelphia Police, a yet-to-be-identified suspect was arrested for allegedly stabbing a doctor several times in the head and face while the suspect was being treated at the hospital. 

While the victim is said to be in stable condition, officials have yet to offer any details on what may have motivated the attack. 

 

The incident reportedly occurred at a Pennsylvania Hospital on Spruce Street during the afternoon of February 23rd.

While shared details on the incident are scant, reportedly a patient was being treated by a female doctor and suddenly began stabbing the doctor with an unspecified weapon/instrument. 

Dr. Theodore Christopher, chairman of the Department of Emergency Management at Jefferson, and past president of the Philadelphia County Medical Society, noted that hospital staff being assaulted by patients is more common than one might think.

He said: 

“I would venture to say 80% or most of us have either been assaulted or been the victim of some sort of violence by a patient.”

Police haven’t yet shared the names of either the suspect arrested or the victim; nor have there been any reports from officials on what led to the patient seeking treatment at the hospital initially. 

Dr. Christopher also explained that while assaults are rather common on hospital staff, many incidents simply go unreported despite efforts to promote otherwise, saying: 

“I think more recently there has been a call to report these things and these items, but I would say less than a third of doctors and nurses probably report these incidents.”

In a recent statement released by Penn Medicine, they noted that they’re working alongside law enforcement officials and that the doctor who was attacked.

The statement said the doctor:

“received immediate care, and they are in stable condition. There was no danger at any time to other patients or staff in the hospital.”

This is an ongoing investigation. 

Please follow Law Enforcement Today as we gather further insight into the case as it develops. 

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