Woman Dies After Emergency Room Delay

Family demands answers after Milwaukee woman dies shortly after leaving a hospital emergency room where she'd been waiting for treatment.

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (NBC News) — A Milwaukee, Wisconsin woman has died after leaving the emergency room because she said they were taking “too long.”

Tashonna Ward, 25, died on her way to Urgent Care on Jan. 2. According to the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s report, Ward went to the Froedtert Hospital emergency room because she had been experiencing chest pains.

After arriving at the hospital, staff performed several tests to determine the cause of Ward’s pain. An x-ray showed that Ward had cardiomegaly, also known as an enlarged heart.

According to the report, Ward left the ER several hours later with her sister because she felt she was waiting too long. Instead, she decided to go to Urgent Care.

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