Bystanders push subway train to free trapped woman

Bystanders push subway train to free trapped woman

Station in Boston and falling into the gap between the train and platform.

A MA woman is drawing attention for begging people not to call an ambulance for fear of high hospital costs after she was injured in a subway accident. Left "in agony and weeping" as commuters rocked the train back and forth in an effort to free her, she begged them not to call an ambulance, as she said, "It's $3000.I can't afford that". "Do you know how much an ambulance costs?" the injured woman asked one passenger.

The first story was a tweet from Boston Globe reporter Maria Cramer, who was there to witness the aftermath.

Transit police said the woman stepped into a five-inch gap as she was getting off the train at the Massachusetts Avenue station on Friday afternoon during rush hour. "'I can't afford that'".

Many people praised those trying to free her by pushing the train, but not all caught hold of her story until an editorial by The New York Times was published Monday, titled, "This Tweet Captures the State of Health Care in America Today".

The woman was eventually freed but her leg was deeply injured.

She had a bad cut on her left thigh; police said it was deep enough to expose the bone. "Everyone just kept saying don't worry about that, you need medical help".

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Marleny Polanco, a commuter who was on her way home from work when the incident happened, also said that the woman was evidently in a lot of pain.

Cramer later reported an ambulance ride for a person with her injuries costs about $1,200.

"In the face of a grave injury, a series of calculations follow: The clear and urgent need for medical attention is weighed against the uncertain and potentially monumental expense of even basic services, like a bandage or a ride to the hospital, and that cost, in turn, weighed against all the known expenses of living that run through any given head on any given day", the editorial board wrote.

The unnamed woman was reluctant to go because she was anxious she couldn't afford medical treatment.

The incident has since gone viral, for reasons that tell two different stories about America in 2018.

Ms Cramer is still attempting to track down the woman, and she said on Twitter that she had been inundated by offers from strangers to help cover her medical bills.

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