Sick man who called three times for help dies
13 April 2005, MALAGA - A man with a history of medical problems died in his home despite calling the emergency services three times in under four hours.
13 April 2005
MALAGA - A man with a history of medical problems died in his home despite calling the emergency services three times in under four hours.
The 53-year-old was discovered at his home in Malaga after repeatedly calling for an ambulance during a three and a half hour period.
He had told emergency services when he called 061 that he had suffered a fainting fit and did not feel well. The man had been taken to hospital six times in the past year.
On the night of the tragedy, emergency services passed on the call to the police, who went to the man's house. Fire fighters had to break into the house, where the man was found dead.
The tragedy started on Monday night when the man first called the 061 service at 8.36pm to ask for medical help.
He said he had suffered a fainting fit, according to the regional newspaper 'Diario Sur'. He said he had recovered but was not well enough to get up and was on his own. The call was not classified as an emergency.
He did not appear to be suffering any life-threatening condition at that point, according to the emergency services. However, the man was told that he would be taken to the emergency department at the hospital for a check-up.
He called again at 9.32pm and 11.49pm to say that no medical staff had come to his house to see him. At this point, the man was conscious and talked normally, an operator said.
A sister-in-law of the man said: "I don't know how they can evaluate a medical case from a distance like this, especially knowing his history. He had to go to the hospital at least six times in the last year."
The cause of death has not been established.
[Copyright EFE with Expatica]
Subject: Spanish news