Martha Rigsby has become Washington D.C.’s most frequent 911 caller in history. The calls, which so far this year have risen over 200, began over 30 years ago.
Martha Rigsby has become Washington D.C.’s most frequent 911 caller in history.
The calls, which so far this year have risen over 200, began over 30 years ago.
That’s about when Rigsby began to experience frequent collapses.
Officials are concerned that her nearly constant need for ambulances and ERs are compromising the city’s resources. They’re particularly worried because she lives in a community that already has a high demand for emergency care.
Now, the city’s Department of Behavioral Health has stepped in, asserting that Rigsby suffers from both borderline personality and bipolar issues and isn’t competent to make her own medical decisions.
They are asking that a medical guardian take charge of her healthcare, including assigning in-home supervision and overseeing living arrangements.
Rigsby is fighting the appointment, saying that she’s perfectly capable of managing health matters for herself.
As a defense, she stated that she’s not the only one who calls 911. Sometimes, Rigsby says, passers-by do it when they see her collapse, and she doesn’t always accept the attention.
She has claimed that the falls are the result of narcolepsy and seizures. Neither condition has been medically substantiated.