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Investigation underway after witness claims EMTs neglected brain-aneurysm victim

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FLORISSANT, Mo. (KMOV.com) -

An investigation is underway after a witness claimed EMTs left a teenager who suffered a brain aneurysm at a parking lot in Florissant.

Charlotte Munns said her 18-year-old daughter, Debbie, experienced severe headache pains while driving along Linbergh Boulevard. The teen reportedly collapsed after pulling into an auto shop parking lot. Doctors later diagnosed her with a brain aneurysm.

Eyewitness Mark Gillette said he called 911, but when paramedics arrived, they only stood by.

Gillette said the emergency crew gave the teen a vomit bag, discussed the cost of an ambulance ride to the hospital, and then left the scene. 

"They could see the young lady was face down throwing up, not being able to talk," said Gillette. "Why didn't they take her? That shocked me."

"I don't know what the procedures are, but I don't think you just leave somebody if they need help," said Munns.

A relative reportedly drove the teen to a nearby hospital, instead.

Munns said her daughter is no longer in ICU after undergoing two surgeries.

The Florissant Valley Fire Department said it will investigate these claims.

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