Here’s a transcript of a call between former Henderson City Councilwoman Kathleen Vermillion’s 15 year-old daughter and 911 on February 3, 2012.
Sources close to Vermillion characterized the emergency as a suicide attempt involving pills. While she has admitted to a habitual use of pills and alcohol to relax, Vermillion has denied the medical emergency was an attempt to take her own life.
Dispatcher: This is Sandy from 911 what is the location of your emergency?
Caller: Henderson, NV
Dispatcher: Ok. Where in Henderson is this?
Caller: It’s um, 1420 Clipperton Avenue
Dispatcher: Can you spell the street?
Caller: That’s the, like, the house street.
Dispatcher: What is it? Spell the street?
Caller: It’s C-L-I-P-P-E-R-T-O-N
Dispatcher: OK, and what’s going on there?
Caller: Um, my mom is throwing up everywhere and she can’t talk and she said she is having a diabetic something, and, I don’t know, she’s just not in a good condition.
Dispatcher: OK. How old is she?
Caller: Um, she’s 33, 44.
Dispatcher: 44. I’m going to ask you some questions, ok?
Dispatcher: Someone else is already sending the paramedic. Is she awake?
Caller: Yeah, she’s awake but she can barely talk.
Dispatcher: OK. Is she breathing?
Caller: Yes she’s breathing
Dispatcher: Is she completely alert?
Caller: Not really.
Dispatcher: Ok, is she breathing normal would you say?
Caller: Not really because she has been throwing up.
Dispatcher: She’s been vomiting?
Dispatcher: OK. And why do you say she can barely talk? Is it because of the vomiting? Or...
Caller: I dunno, she is just kind of shaking and can’t really speak or move.
Dispatcher: OK. Where is she in the house?
Caller: She’s in her, um, bathroom.
Dispatcher: In the bathroom, ok. Alright I’m sending the paramedics up you just stay on the line and I’ll tell you what to do next.
Dispatcher: Please remind her to do what her doctor has instructed her to for these situations as far as diabetes are concerned.
Dispatcher: And just let her rest in a comfortable position and wait for help to arrive.
Dispatcher: Watch her very closely. If she becomes less awake and vomits I want you to quickly turn her on her side.
Dispatcher: OK. I know she’s vomiting now so if she continues and becomes unconscious or something...
Caller: OK. She’s shaking really bad right now - what should I do?
Dispatcher: Well, I mean the shaking, there’s nothing for the shaking that we can do right now. I don’t know what her doctor has told her when she is having a diabetic episode what to do.
Dispatcher: Has she ever been over the instructions with you? What...
Caller: No, no, I don’t even know what’s going on right now.
Dispatcher: OK, but is she still awake.
Dispatcher: OK. Good. The shaking is part of what’s going on with her and the paramedics will be able to help her with that. My concern is her breathing and to make sure she is awake. If she stops breathing you need to let me know.
Dispatcher: OK, can you unlock the front door?
Caller: Yeah I can. Alright thank you.
Dispatcher: OK, listen. Put away any family pets, gather up her medications and have someone meet the paramedics. If she gets worse in any way before we get there I want you to call me back for further instructions.
Dispatcher: What’s the phone number you are calling from?
Dispatcher: And your name?
Caller: Alright thank you.
Dispatcher: OK, they’re on their way. 1420 Clipperton Avenue, right?
Dispatcher: OK, they’re on their way
Caller: Alright, thank you.