“911, what is your ontological emergency?”

Because, en France, that is seriously, a thing.

Vive (or maybe not…)!


Paris (CNN)In pain too agonizing for her to describe, a young woman calls emergency services.

“I’m going to die,” she says.

“You will die, certainly, one day,” the phone operator replies, “like everyone else.”

A few hours later, the woman — 22-year-old Naomi Musenga — dies.

Naomi Musenga


And now, officials in France have launched an investigation into why her call wasn’t taken more seriously.

Musenga hung up. Eventually a relative called a doctor who came to Musenga’s house, the family lawyer said at the Thursday news conference. The doctor had her taken to a hospital. Shortly after arrival, she suffered two heart attacks, was taken to intensive care and eventually died, according to CNN affiliate BFM TV.
The exact cause of death hasn’t been determined, the Strasbourg prosecutor’s office said. But her initial autopsy showed symptoms of multiple organ failure and hemorrhaging, BFMTV said.
“There were no questions like: ‘Are you alone? Are you able to dial the phone number?’ ‘How long have you been hurt?’ Or ‘Are you in pain?,” Mohamed Aachour, the Musenga family lawyer, told reporters. “All that she has had as treatment is indifference or cynicism. “