Lunch Break Delays UK EMS Crew's Response to Ill Infant

Lunch Break Delays UK EMS Crew's Response to Ill Infant

News Jan 07, 2013

THE parents of a baby who nearly died of a heart attack had to wait 41 minutes for an ambulance as paramedics were on a lunch break.

Kate Oram, 25, and Matthew Passant, 26, dialled 999 after six-weekold son Thomas struggled to breathe. The response was held up as ambulance staff were either on calls or eating.

When Thomas got to Princess Royal Hospital in Telford, Shrops, he went into cardiac arrest. He had open-heart surgery three times and needed a heart valve fitted.

Thomas's grandad Paul, 56, of Bridgnorth, Shrops, said: "It's always in our minds that the damage was caused by the hold-up."

West Midlands Ambulance Service said a paramedic treated Thomas while an ambulance was sought. It added: "Crews work 12-hour shifts and have the right to a break."

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