Last year’s top Asthma Capital, Springfield, Massachusetts, is again the most challenging place in the U.S. to live with asthma. To get a better understanding of the asthma problem there, we talked with a local family, senator, allergist and city councilor.
In this essay, you’ll hear from Peter DeMarco of Boston, Massachusetts, who lost his wife, Laura Levis, to asthma. Boston ranks #8 on our 2019 Asthma Capitals report. It has such a high ranking because of a high number of people with asthma and asthma-related deaths.
Such a sad story. Such an unnecessary loss. My eyes are full of tears. This shows all of us that we never know what we can expect. Always have emergency meds on hand. If possible, have back-ups. Always let someone know when you are having an asthma attack. I have no idea why that emergency room door was locked. Why was the desk unattended? There is no excuse for these things to have happened. I am so sorry for the loss of your beautiful, young wife. Thank you for sharing your story with us.
Massachusetts hospitals are now required to have emergency department entrances that are easy to access. They will also have to be properly monitored by security and clearly marked. This is a result of “ Laura’s Law ” that was signed by Governor Charlie Baker on Jan. 15, 2021. The Boston Globe story, “Losing Laura,” inspired the law. The story is about the tragic death of Laura Beth Levis. Laura was a 34-year-old woman who died of an asthma attack just steps from an emergency room door in...
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