Family of dead man ‘relieved’ but ‘disgusted’ as paramedics apologise
The Australian Paramedics Association has apologised two days after it claimed a dying man’s family contributed to his death.
Paramedics were called to a property at Riverwood on Sunday night to treat 25-year-old Hamze Ibrahim, who later died at the scene.
Officers claimed they were swarmed by angry family members when they arrived at the scene and were forced to call in police backup.
After the incident, APA said the behaviour of the family members most likely contributed to Mr Ibrahim’s death.
The APA has since apologised for their comments after the family blatantly denied threatening, harassing or assaulting paramedics.
“APA (NSW) acknowledges that any statement in the previous media release to the effect that Mr Ibrahim’s family members either contributed or were in any way responsible for his death is wholly incorrect and should not have been published,” the statement says.
The Ibrahim’s family lawyer Raed Rahal tells Ben Fordham they’ve accepted the apology but are “disgusted” the comments were made in the first place.
“The apology is accepted and it’s a mixture of relief and disgust, in essence.
“They’re relieved because they have been vindicated but disgusted that the comments were ever made in the first place.”
Mr Rahal tells Ben the family has been trolled on social media as a result of the APA’s accusations and that made the comments more “distressful”.
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