outbrain
Close  

Woman waits 6 hours for ambulance, dies later in hospital

/ 01:36 PM December 22, 2019
ambulance

INQUIRER.net stock photo

A woman who broke her foot in an accident was forced to wait for six hours for an ambulance while lying on a freezing pavement in Wales, United Kingdom.

Donna Gilby, a mother of an 11-year-old girl, slipped and suffered a broken foot after getting out of her car outside her apartment last Tuesday, Dec. 17, as per Media Wales on Dec. 18.

ADVERTISEMENT

She died the next morning after suffering from a cardiac arrest at the hospital.

Gilby’s family members said they called an ambulance around 8 a.m., but it arrived around 2 p.m. During the six-hour wait, Gilby’s neighbors, friends and family helped her get warm by covering her with coats and blankets.

FEATURED STORIES

The 47-year-old mother reportedly suffered from a bad back, which is why no one moved her from the pavement, the report stated. Gilby also had an irregular heartbeat and had two mini-strokes as she lay down on the concrete.

“We then called the ambulance service and told them Donna was slipping in and out of consciousness. [T]hat must have been somewhere between 8 and 8: 30 a.m., ” her 74-year-old father Gareth Gilby was quoted as saying.

The father said the ambulance told them that they were having “a heavy influx of calls,” but that they were going to reach Gilby as fast as they can

“When there was still no sign an hour later we called again –  this time we were told they were ‘doing their best’ but that they ‘didn’t know when they would get to her,'” Gareth added.

The Welsh Ambulance Service apologized in a statement released by their chief executive, Jason Killens, who said they are investigating Gilby’s case.

“We were deeply saddened to hear about the death of Ms. Gilby and would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to her family,” the statement read. “We are sorry that our response took longer than we would have liked on this occasion.”

The ambulance service asked Gilby’s family to share their account of the incident to help in the ongoing investigation. Ian Biong/JB

ADVERTISEMENT

RELATED STORIES:

Man found in wife’s freezer may have planned to hide his death, helping her get benefits

Church elder caught looking for sugar babies on Grindr, charged

22-year-old woman dies after being hit by flying tire from truck

Read Next
EDITORS' PICK
MOST READ
Don't miss out on the latest news and information.
View comments

Subscribe to INQUIRER PLUS to get access to The Philippine Daily Inquirer & other 70+ titles, share up to 5 gadgets, listen to the news, download as early as 4am & share articles on social media. Call 896 6000.

TAGS: Accidents, Ambulance, Cardiac Arrest, Emergency, emergency calls, United Kingdom, Wales
For feedback, complaints, or inquiries, contact us.


© Copyright 1997-2020 INQUIRER.net | All Rights Reserved

We use cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. By continuing, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. To find out more, please click this link.