Demi Lovato’s personal assistant asked paramedics not to use sirens apparently to keep her medical crisis on the down low.
The 911 operator flatly refused during the dramatic 911 call, saying: “you should be hearing the sirens real soon.”
When the caller asked for no sirens, the operator fired back saying, “No, no, no, no, no. This is a medical emergency. I don't have control over that. Sorry about that. This is definitely a medical emergency for her. We need to get there as fast as possible.”
Inside Edition played the 911 recording to Shannon O'Neill, a paramedic supervisor in New York.
“Driving with lights and sirens to a scene saves us an average of over three minutes getting into a call. In an overdose situation, those 3 minutes are critical in saving a life,” she said.
The just-released 911 call was made by the personal assistant from a downstairs room at Lovato’s home. The singer was lying unconscious in the bedroom upstairs, as several friends stayed with her.
In an interview with Inside Edition, Danielle Martin says last Monday, Lovato showed at her martial arts studio for jiu-jitsu lessons.
“She was not just like physically exhausted; she was emotionally mentally and physically exhausted," she said.
Martin says Lovato had a grueling two-hour training session including sparring.
“She obviously admitted that she was relapsing,” she said. “She had missed some sessions with me and it was upsetting and I knew why.”
That night, Lovato and her entourage went to the Sunset Strip. She was found unconscious at 11:22 the next morning.
“I am extremely disappointed in the people [she was hanging out with],” Martin told Inside Edition. "Obviously, she needs to recognize herself that these are not friends who ... truly care about her. I mean she could have died.”
Following her release from West Hollywood's Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Lovato is expected to enter rehab. One possibility is Timberline Knolls Center in Illinois, where she was treated in 2011. The facility is for women only.
Martin says she's looking forward to seeing a sober Lovato back in the gym.
“It is very tough to protect people from themselves, we all have our own demons,” she said.