Queensland man has to wait hours for ambulance after heart attack

A Queensland man has to wait an hour for an ambulance after a heart attack, leaving his pregnant wife desperate for help.

Brisbane’s father, Ryan Walpole, went into cardiac arrest last month and woke him from his sleep early in the morning.

His wife, Laura Walpole, rushed to call Triple Zero.

Mr. and Mrs. Walpole waited an hour and 15 minutes for an ambulance. (Nine)

“It was just really uncomfortable, it just burned my chest,” said Mr. Walpole.

When there was no help after 40 minutes, the panicked mother considered waking her children to drive to the hospital.

“I’m just thinking ‘what’s going to happen if he stops breathing, if he goes unconscious,'” said Ms. Walpole.

“How am I going to perform CPR, I’m 36 weeks pregnant?

“I was so panicked at the time that I couldn’t have driven.”

After an hour and 15 minutes the paramedics arrived.

Mr. Walpole was treated and given several stents to aid recovery.

Ramping issues and limited capacity hospitals have led to increasing delays for paramedics and their patients. (Nine)

“I may have given birth to my husband’s unborn child while arranging his funeral and left fatherless,” Ms. Walpole said.

Ms Walpole lodged a complaint with the Queensland Ambulance Service, who told her there were 50 other cases awaiting an ambulance, nine of them code 1 at the time of her husband’s heart attack.

After Ms. Walpole initially called Triple Zero art at 12:50 PM, no ambulance was assigned to Mr. Walpole for 40 minutes.

Paramedics also had to travel from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to Deception Bay and had to stop for petrol.

In a letter to the family, Queensland Health apologized for the delays, saying they were due to a higher than usual demand for paramedics.

Mr Walpole said he feared his children would grow up without a father. (Nine)

The family’s incident is the latest in a series of concerns about waiting times that have been brought to the attention of the state government.

“That’s just not good enough, in what is a busy city we should be able to call triple zero and know that ambulances will show up,” said shadow health minister Ros Bates.

Ms Walpole said that while she does not blame individual hospital staff, the incident highlighted the need for more health care assistance.

“The service from QAS is fantastic, but there is clearly a resource issue and I want to make sure no family has to go through what we went through,” she said.

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