A HEAVILY pregnant mum with a heart disorder was forced to sit on an A&E floor for FIVE hours after 50 patients refused to give up their seats fo
A HEAVILY pregnant mum with a heart disorder was forced to sit on an A&E floor for FIVE hours after 50 patients refused to give up their seats for her.
Bonita Baxter claims she had to wait for treatment after being rushed to hospital on Monday, but even after she and a receptionist asked for a chair no one moved.
The 27-year-old had gone in with chest and stomach pains and was told to stay in hospital incase the pain was to do with her pregnancy or heart disorder.
Bonita took a picture of the packed waiting room at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham as she sat on the floor.
Despite going against the advice of medics, after four-and-a-half hours, Bonita called her mother who drove her to Solihull Minor Injuries Unit.
She is six months pregnant and suffers from Tricuspid regurgitation, a condition which causes blood to flow backwards through the heart valves.
After two hours of waiting, Bonita, a student midwife, begged staff for a chair but none could be found.
A receptionist even pleaded with the patients and visitors to give up their seats but all 50 people in the waiting area refused.
Bonita lives in Kings Heath, Birmingham, with her husband Ben, 33, and their five other children aged between one and six.
She said: “I knew these people had their own problems but it was obvious I was heavily pregnant and was in discomfort.
“If it had been the other way round I would have given up my seat for a pregnant woman.
“I would say 70 per cent of those waiting were patients – but some were visitors of patients. One patient had about six or seven visitors.
“One of those could have moved. It was just disgusting. I was really shocked.
“I am quite visibly pregnant.
“I am not saying I deserve to be treated like Royalty because I’m pregnant.
“As for the visitors – I just can’t believe it.
“When I went and asked for help a stressed receptionist said ‘do you expect me to magic a chair?’ “I don’t think the staff were expecting it to be so busy.
“It was so uncomfortable on the floor. I was texting my mum and she came to the hospital.
“She said ‘can no one give up their seat?’ but again nobody moved.
“My mum took me to Solihull, and they sent me straight away with painkillers.
“They have booked me in for an appointment to see if an operation is needed to remove the gallbladder.
“I have suffered with gallstones once before.
“It gets worse with pregnancy.”