April 10, 2024 at 1:33 pm

Patient’s Daughter Tried To Stop A Nurse From Saving A Man’s Life, So She Made Her Look Like A Fool When She Wouldn’t Stop Interfering

by Matthew Gilligan

Source: Reddit/AITA/@Nemoiimya

The woman you’re about to meet in this story from Reddit was so far out of line that I don’t know how anyone could possibly take her side.

And you’ll see exactly what I’m talking about in just a minute!

Are you ready for a wild story from Reddit’s “Petty Revenge” page?

Get started now!

She tried to stop me from saving a man’s life.

“I worked in an emergency room (ER) for 6 years so I am full of stories but when it comes to petty revenge this one sticks out in my memory.

P= patient

PD= patient’s daughter

CP= critical patient

me= me

Every person who has worked in the ER knows that Mondays are the busiest days of the week and also when all the crazies come out. This day was no different. I worked as a nurse in triage (where you initially get assessed in the front before going to the back).

There’s a protocol for everything.

Here we determine who needs to go back first and who can wait (it’s NOT a first come first serve as most people think). We had a few stretchers in the front for people who needed to be monitored a little closer or needed IV’s, blood draws, labs,… There were 6 stretchers but this day was so busy all 6 stretchers were filled plus 5 more in the hallway.

This lady comes in on an ambulance but because her symptoms did not indicate an emergency she was put in stretcher triage to wait her turn. She was in a lot of pain. After assessment I recognized her symptoms as being caused from gall stones (painful but not life threatening). We put her on a stretcher, started an IV, drew labs, and hooked her up to the monitor just in case.

Here it comes…

A few minutes later PD comes in the front door. One look at her and we knew she would cause problems. She had everything from the shoes to the haircut. A classic rich Karen.

When she saw that her mom was still in the front and hadn’t seen a doctor yet she started screaming that she knew the CEO of the hospital and that we would all be fired if we didn’t get her mom back to see a doctor RIGHT NOW!

We explained that her mom has a history or gall stones and even P was saying that she has had this pain many times because of the gall stones.

We explained about being really busy and that there were no rooms available in the back and will get her back as soon as we could. She eventually calmed down but was still antsy.

They knew they had to trust their gut.

About an hour later another patient (CP) comes in and was put in the stretcher beside P and PD. This patient had worrying complaints but on initial assessment we could not find anything wrong.

Now, as a nurse you learn to ALWAYS trust you gut. When your gut sounds an alarm, you listen.

Something about this patient was setting my alarm bells off but all his vitals were normal and I had no solid evidence to declare him an emergency. I hooked him up to the monitor and kept a very close eye on him. I let the charge nurse know of my concerns and she said to let her know as soon as something changes.

Not 5 minutes later, something changed.

Now, at this time I should explain that this hospital was a level 1 trauma center, meaning we get all the bad cases from car crashes to gunshot victims (we were in the middle of gang territory).

Since we had to be ready for any traumas (life threatening injuries) we had a room with 3 beds that was closed off from the rest of the beds because traumas usually involved a lot of people and a lot of blood.

Even on busy days like this one those rooms were empty unless there was a trauma patient.

Their gut was right.

Now, back to CP.

I was taking vital signs of P when I looked over to CP. I noticed a worrying change in his rhythm and stopped with P to start assessing CP to see what was going on.

That did not sit well with PD. She actually grabbed my arm and told me to finish with her mom. I jerked my arm free and said I had to make sure CP was OK.

As I turned around to CP his rhythm went into V-vib (life threatening rhythm). I called the charge nurse to inform her of CP condition all the while unhooking CP from the monitor and throwing his bed into drive. As I started pushing him back PD actually jumps in front of the stretcher and stops it.


She’s screaming that her mom was here first and needed to be seen before CP and screaming that i was a liar and that she was going to get me fired.

I’m usually a mild temper person but knowing CP was literally minutes from passing away and I said to PD “you have a choice, get out of my way or get run over” as I started pushing the stretcher forward.

Now, I’m really good at pushing stretcher’s fast and getting the patient’s where they needed to go in a hurry (one of the reasons I was part of the trauma team). PD tried to stand firm but she saw I wasn’t going to stop and jumped out of the way just as I was an inch from hitting her.

What a drama queen!

Unfortunately, she did not move fast enough and I ended up running over her foot. At this point I didn’t care and got the patient back to the trauma room leaving PD screaming lying on the floor.

We spent about 30 minutes on CP but he ended up passing away. By the time I got back up front P and PD had been taken to the back to see a doctor but my charge nurse warned me that they were filing a complaint against me.

A few days later the actual CEO of the hospital came to visit me on my next shift. He was known to be a kind and fair man. Since this happened during a time before cameras were put in the ERs he had to take what happened from word of mouth.

Apparently, PD said I assaulted her several times and put her mom’s life in danger by not assessing her properly and that I should be fired. Turned out that P did actually have gall stones and nothing else. Also, PD’s foot was broken due to me running over it.

They knew they were right about this one.

I calmly explained exactly what happened and that PD’s actions might of ended up in CP passing away because of the delay she caused by her actions.

When I got to the part of what I said to PD and running over her foot the CEO actually started laughing and then tried to cover his mouth to hide his laughter.

He explained that PD was a friend of his sister and he knows what kind of person she is. Not only did I not get fired he put a personal note in my file praising my actions.

On my next review I got a large raise + a bonus thanks to the CEO’s note.”

Check out what folks said about this on Reddit.

This person made a good point.

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Another individual shared what they would’ve done.

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This person thanked them for their story and their service.

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Another Reddit user was on the same page.

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And this person shared their thoughts.

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That woman needs to be reported!

What a psycho!

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