Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Rely on 911?

Press-Telegram - Victims of attack share their story A group of party-goers are attacked on Halloween by a pack of hyenas group of youths between 12 and 17.
[One of the victims] was trying to call 911 on her cell phone when the taunts began, but kept getting busy signals. She tried three times to call, she said, but never got through to an operator.
Witnesses were afraid to intervene, but did call 911. One Good Samaritan did come to their rescue.

The attack was savage, and the medical implications for the girls will be long-lasting, perhaps life-long.
Doctors don't yet know if she will regain all of her eyesight. Until the swelling goes down, they won't know if she'll require surgery to repair the many broken bones.

Forced to drop her college photography classes this semester because she cannot see well enough to use the camera, Lauren also can't blow her nose or sleep lying down. The pressure, doctors told her, could cause any of the fractured bones to shift, which could lead to her eye becoming detached from the shattered socket.
So 911 did respond eventually, but if one of the victims had been armed, would this have ended differently? Probably. [h/t KABA]

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