Thank you Xena! As an asthmatic myself, I find this deeply scary. When the desire for absolute control and addiction to protocol combine, the results are nearly always detrimental.
Because I live in America where poor people are disposable; I was unable to access the machine and medicine needed for my asthma as a child. At that time a simple nebulizer and compressor were $500. My Mom had been teaching me yoga for years when I was diagnosed with asthma, so I naturally thought of using yoga breathing techniques. I wish there were an easy way to teach these exercises to all asthmatics in every country-especially those like America where health care and medicine are privilege based. I know they saved my life many times.
Obviously we need a huge change in the way police officers are taught to deal with citizens if this case is considered to be doing a good job following the rules. Since even mandated change takes time to happen, I think a mass grass roots movement to share our own solutions while we push for change is also needed.
He was only 3 miles from the emergency room when Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin police pulled over the car for speeding through a red light. The car was driven by Leah Hryniewicki, Casey Kressin’s girlfriend. Casey was having a severe asthma attack. It was November 30, 2014, the last day of the 29-year-old Casey’s life.
A reeling Casey exited the car and kneeled to the ground and asked for his inhaler as he wheezed away, police said. Police said that Leah also jumped out and yelled to the officer that the man was having an asthma attack and that he needed to get to the emergency room.
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