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Feb112011

Oregon Man Dies Outside of ER After Delay in Treatment

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(PORTLAND, Ore.) -- Birgilio Marin-Fuentes, 61, died Thursday of a heart attack outside the emergency entrance of Portland Adventist Medical Center after crashing his car into a light pole in the hospital's parking lot.

Four Portland police officers in the area tended to Marin-Fuentes after a bystander alerted them to the crash, officials said. Two officers began administering CPR to the unconscious man while two other police officers went into the emergency room to alert hospital staff about the accident. Police said that they were told by ER staff that they needed to call 911 for an ambulance.

Police officer Andrew Hearst radioed dispatch, saying, "Hospital says they won't come out, we need to contact AMR [American Medical Response] first."

The officers continued performing CPR until an ambulance arrived. Marin-Fuentes was put on a gurney and wheeled 125 feet into the ER more than 10 minutes after police first responded to the unconscious man, officials said.

At 1:22 a.m., 35 minutes after a Portland police officer first radioed dispatch, Marin-Fuentes was pronounced dead from a heart attack.

Officials from the Portland Adventist Medical Center said that the police misunderstood the hospital's policy.

"We do not have a policy against responding to emergencies in our parking lot," hospital spokeswoman Judy Leach said in a statement. "In fact, we always call 911 and send our own staff into these situations whether they are gunshot wounds, heart attacks or any other medical emergency."

Leach called the incident "unfortunate."

"It's just so unfortunate that this patient chose to drive himself when they were having chest pains," she said. "We're wanting to make sure the public knows if you're experiencing chest pains or discomfort, it's always the right thing to call 911 first."

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