A devastated widow has instructed of how she was placed on maintain for 10 minutes earlier than being related to the ambulance service after husband suffered a deadly coronary heart assault.
Emma Blehs, 48, stated she spent 22 minutes making an attempt to revive her dying husband Paul after being placed on maintain by a 999 operator.
The mother-of-two from Bournemouth, Dorset, frantically tried to resuscitate the 47-year-old whereas on speaker cellphone.
Emma Blehs, 48, stated she spent 22 minutes making an attempt to revive her dying husband Paul after being placed on maintain by a 999 operator
An ambulance finally arrived on the couple’s residence 22 minutes after Mr Blehs stopped respiratory – regardless of them residing simply two miles from the closest hospital.
Paramedics labored on him for an hour earlier than taking him to hospital the place he was positioned on a ventilator.
However sadly the father-of-one by no means regained consciousness and his life assist was later switched off.
Now his widow is demanding solutions of South West Ambulance Service which is conducting an inside evaluate over 4 months after his loss of life in Might.
Mrs Blehs, a veterinary nurse from Bournemouth, Dorset, stated she lives only a three minute blue-light drive away from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.
Paramedics labored on Paul for an hour earlier than taking him to hospital the place he was positioned on a ventilator
She has requested a recording of her 999 name to attempt to discover out what went unsuitable.
The 48-year-old mother-of-two, whose first husband additionally died of a coronary heart assault six years in the past, stated Mr Blehs had all the time been match and wholesome earlier than he suffered the deadly coronary heart assault.
She stated: ‘It went unsuitable as a result of I used to be on maintain for thus lengthy.
‘The cellphone rang and rang for ages – round two minutes. Any individual answered, I stated ‘my husband’s coronary heart has stopped and he is not respiratory’.
‘I could not have been clearer. That is not anyone you placed on maintain. The decision handler stated he’d put me straight by means of – however each couple of minutes he’d come again and say, ‘sorry, we’re nonetheless making an attempt to attach you’.
The daddy-of-one was positioned on a ventilator however sadly by no means regained consciousness and had his life assist was later switched off
‘All this time I used to be making an attempt to resuscitate my lifeless husband.
‘I used to be on the cellphone for 22 minutes whereas making an attempt to resuscitate Paul. For 10 of these minutes I saved getting placed on maintain by the 999 name operator.
‘I stay a three-minute blue lights journey from the hospital.
‘I do know as a vet nurse myself that with lack of oxygen to the mind, inside six minutes your organs begin to shut down – so I knew he wasn’t coming again.’
Mrs Blehs added: ‘I do not need heads on a block as nothing goes to convey him again, I simply need them to inform me why.
‘The paramedics did a tremendous job however the harm was performed. Additionally with the decision handlers, this wasn’t their fault, it is the system that should change.
‘Change is required as a result of this wasn’t a damaged leg, Paul died because of not getting a sooner emergency response.
‘The ambulance service does superb work, however I do not need this to occur to anybody else.’
Mrs Blehs, a veterinary nurse from Bournemouth, Dorset, stated she lives only a three minute blue-light drive away from the Royal Bournemouth Hospital
A SWASFT spokesperson stated: ‘We want to supply our honest condolences to the household and buddies of Mr Blehs.
‘We’re at present conducting an inside evaluate into this incident, and the findings might be shared along with his subsequent of kin on completion.
‘The entire well being and social care system has been underneath sustained strain for a lot of months now. Our efficiency has not returned to pre-pandemic ranges, partly as a result of handover delays at emergency departments’.
Described by his widow as a ‘a beautiful individual’, Mr Blehs was a famend angler whose funeral on June 23 was attended by 200 individuals.
He leaves behind his spouse, son, and two stepdaughters from a earlier marriage.
MailOnline has contacted Royal Bournemouth Hospital for remark.