A U.S. Army veteran from a Minneapolis suburb was left paralyzed because rioters had shut down the city preventing her from reaching the hospital to save her health.
Retired Minnesota National Guard Master Sgt. Launette Figliuzzi, from the northern Minneapolis suburb of Zimmerman, could not get to the city’s hospital in time during her health emergency and she is now paralyzed from the waist down thanks to the rioters who had forced the city to shut down air traffic, and roadways.
The 59-year-old Army vet needed to be airlifted to a metro hospital during the rioting on May 29. But her flight was unable to transport her due to the rioting, according to KSTP Channel 5.
“I needed to get an injection into my spine as soon as possible to try and break up the blood clot,” Figliuzzi told the station. “But since we had to go by ambulance, it took an hour and a half, about twice as long, to get to the specialized stroke center, and when I got there I was told I had missed my window for a safe injection, and now I am paralyzed.”
Figliuzzi said that her emergency could have been averted if she was able to get to treatment in a timely manner.
“It is terribly frustrating to know I was essentially denied that type of care and a possible treatment,” Figliuzzi said. “This has profoundly affected my life and my family’s life in ways I could never have imagined.”
That same night, Figliuzzi’s own son had been deployed to Minneapolis to help keep the city safe as a member of the Minnesota National Guard.
“I was able to help out somebody’s mother, somebody’s father or somebody’s sister and somebody’s brother,” Anthony LaBrie said. “But I am sad I wasn’t able to help one of my own.”
A GoFundMe page has been started to help pay for a specialized wheelchair for Figliuzzi.
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