Shelby M Anderson - Added portfolio item
Fort Walton Beach, Florida
Friday April 16, 1999
Thirty-four-year-old Lindy Alvarez Ames entered the emergency room at a local hospital in Fort Walton Beach in a near panic. She cradled her infant son and was crying uncontrollably. Despite her intelligence and usual poised demeanor, she was suddenly thrust into a very unnerving position. Her six-month-old son, Jake, was congested, wheezing, and shaking, and she didn’t know what was wrong with him. She was also still shaken from the heated words her dad and her boyfriend, David, exchanged over who would drive them to the hospital. She flinched involuntarily as she heard thunder rumble in the distance as the sliding doors closed behind her.
“Help me, please!” she shouted. “Could someone look at my son? He’s not breathing right. Please!” She wasn’t sure if she had been heard. Everyone in the emergency room looked so busy. She was afraid her voice was failing her, so she began again, this time louder. “Excuse me, please!”
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