A Boston EMS EMT underwent emergency surgery Wednesday after being stabbed multiple times by a patient she was treating in the back of an ambulance while en route to the hospital. A 31-year-old “emotionally disturbed” woman began stabbing the female EMT who was treating her in the back of an ambulance headed for Massachusetts General Hospital. The male EMT driving pulled over to intervene. The patient attacked the second EMT with pepper spray. Fellow EMTs responded to a call about a medic in distress around 4 p.m. outside the courthouse. The EMT underwent emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery. She’s worked for the Boston’s Emergency Services department for 11 years.
The patient turned alleged attacker– who police later identified as Julie Tejada— was subdued at the scene and taken into custody. Tejada is charged with assault with intent to murder and other charges. She is expected to be arraigned Thursday. The male EMT was also treated at the hospital and released. Reports are that the psychiatric patient used a scissor in the attack.