Monica Roberts posted Tyra’s story last year, on the 12th anniversary of her death. Go read it.
Tyra shouldn’t be dead. She had critical injuries, but timely assistance from paramedics and at the emergency room would have saved her life. Everything that happened to her was preventable, including the prejudice that withheld that care.
She was subjected to transphobic statements while her injuries were slowly killing her. During the ensuing court action, experts testified that she had an 84% chance to survive her injuries with proper medical care – but instead, paramedics made jokes at her expense. An emergency room doctor refused to treat her, and she died in the emergency room, neglected.
From Monica Roberts in comments:
Adrian Williams, the EMT involved in Tyra’s inintial non treatment was African-American. What was even more insulting was that Adrian Williams was PROMOTED not long after this incident by the DC Fire Department.
I didn’t mention this because, er, I forgot. No excuses, I just let myself get rushed. I’m sorry about that.
The DC Police, fire, and emergency services have sensitivity training now to prevent what happened to Tyra Hunter from happening again.