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Desperate woman in Dublin saved by emergency team... in Oklahoma

911 dispatchers in the US scrambled to trace the woman’s international call.

A dispatcher at the Oklahoma City emergency call centre
A dispatcher at the Oklahoma City emergency call centre
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STAFF AT AN emergency call centre in Oklahoma, USA helped save the life of a woman in Dublin, after she called up saying she wanted to harm herself.

The woman said she was pregnant and wanted to end her own life as she spoke to emergency dispatchers in Oklahoma City – calling them several times on March 2, according to reports.

However, she refused to give her name or reveal where she was.

Police were initially unable to trace the call, but kept the caller on the line. David Shupe, director of 911 services, told KBOI 670 News:

She was suicidal, had a gun and said she was going to kill herself. Her biggest concern was making sure someone was contacted so her child would be OK.  She said repeatedly she was trying to get out of the life of prostitution.

Telecommunications firm AT&T were contacted and managed to trace the call initially to the Isle of Man. Authorities there then traced it further to an address in Dublin.

Oklahoma News on 6 reports that gardaí then called to the woman’s home, where they found her with a stab wound described as serious, but were able to assist her.

It’s not known how she managed to call emergency services in Oklahoma.

“It was a total team effort,” 911 supervisor Steve Vincent told News on 6. The dispatchers involved are now being officially honoured by Oklahoma City authorities.

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