The ER was closed. The ambulance wasn’t close. This is how you die in rural Mississippi.

From the Clarion Ledger:

Shyteria Shardae “Shy” Shoemaker was sitting on a bed in her Chickasaw County home when it happened.

The 23-year-old mother, who family members say could talk to just about anyone she met and who loved to argue, couldn’t breathe.

Shoemaker gasped for air, stood up and opened the bedroom door.

Then, she collapsed.

Shoemaker, who was pregnant with her second child, was only an eight-minute drive from Trace Regional Hospital in Houston when 911 was first dialed. But that didn’t matter since the hospital shuttered its emergency room in 2014.

The only ambulance in the county that night was almost a half-hour away.

More than an hour later, in a neighboring county, Shoemaker was pronounced dead.


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