Queens woman dies after being prematurely declared dead by EMTs

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QUEENS -- An EMS crew from a Queens hospital are under investigation after they declared a woman dead, then left her alone in her home, only to have homicide detectives realize she was alive -- possibly as much as two hours later, according to sources close to the investigation.

She was then rushed to the hospital, where she was later officially pronounced dead, sources said.

The 32-year-old woman shot herself at a home on 115th Street in the Richmond Hill neighborhood while she was on the phone with relatives who live outside of New York, according to sources.

Her relatives notified authorities, and when EMTs from Jamaica Hospital Center arrived, they declared the woman dead.

Neighbors said the ambulance arrived just after 9 a.m.

Because it was classified as an unattended death, police were called in as standard procedure.

At 10:42 a.m, detectives arrived on the scene and saw what the trained EMTs did not. They "observed sounds coming from the victim’s body” according to the police report -- the woman's vital signs were still present. She was alive.

It was only then, neighbors told PIX11 News, that EMTs transported her to Jamaica Hospital. They said it happened more than two hours after medics had first arrived.

"They told me she is in very critical condition," said the woman's landlord, Naeem Mohammed, who is also close to the woman's husband and mother-in-law, who live with her on the first floor of the two-family home.

He said that the women's family members are at the hospital, hoping for the best, against long odds.

As for the Jamaica Hospital medics suspected of having made a very egregious call, "We're currently investigating," said Michael Hinck, spokesperson for the hospital.