Little Rock woman mistaken for dead passes away

LITTLE ROCK, AR (WMC-TV) - A Little Rock woman who lay on the ground while two different EMS crews determined she was dead passed away Sunday.

Paramedics arrived at Pamela Harper's home around 6:30 Friday morning and found Harper in her backyard.  After checking her out, a paramedic determined she was dead.

However, a detective called to the scene disagreed.  After some inspection, they again made the determination that she was dead.

Pulaski County Coroner Garland Camper was then called out and his staff noticed some very faint breathing.  An ambulance was called for a third time to take Harper to the hospital.

She was alive at the time, but passed away around 2:20 Sunday afternoon.

Metropolitan Emergency Medical Services Executive Director Jon Swanson said every call is important

"We take it very seriously, from the very beginning of the call to the end," Swanson said.  "Try to understand everything we can about why we responded and why we made the decisions we did."

Camper hoped this would never happen again.

"I think it should be a question as to whether the system can be tweaked," Camper said.  "So we never see that happen again."

The coroner's office is in charge of the entire investigation.  Little Rock police are not involved.

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