Today, Esmin Green was buried in her homeland of Jamaica at a service at the Duxes Seventh-Day Adventist Church in St. Catherine. The Jamaica Observer summed it up well, with a headline reading ‘Esmin Green will not be ignored today’.
Her case will not be ignored for a long time as more heartbreaking details of her last moments on earth keep being unearthed.
According to the medical examiner’s report, Esmin Green died of deep vein thrombosis - blood clots induced by a long period of physical inactivity. In other words, the 24 HOURS she had been sitting waiting on a chair in the emergency to get a room and be attended to. Good lord …
She fell to the floor and thrashed for 30 MINUTES before she fell still and died. It was another 30 minutes by the time anyone checked her.
I don’t know what to say. I have no words for such inhumanity. It reminds me of the Kitty Genovese or bystander syndrome - the diffusion of responsibility or the indifference of good men.
All I have to offer is this – ‘walk good’ Ms. Green … as people would say back a yaad. May light eternal shine upon you.