Granules of heart attack
A GRANDMOTHER WHO HAD A HEART ATTACK while alone at home dialed 999, only to be told that the ambulance service would be unable to assist her.
Dot Clarke, 68, says the call handler suggested she get a ride to the hospital from a neighbor or relative, which left her “in disbelief and terror.”
The pensioner, on the other hand, was in excruciating pain down her arm, neck, and chest, as well as other heart attack symptoms.
Dot’s son eventually rushed “like a madman” to get his mother to the nearest hospital for treatment, which lacked a specialist cardiology department.
Dot was rushed in an ambulance to a different hospital with the right department after tests confirmed she had suffered a heart attack.
Dot, who is recovering at home and awaiting bypass surgery, said she would have died if her son hadn’t intervened.
“I had to call my son who drove like a maniac,” she told Wales Online.
“I would have died if my son hadn’t rushed to my aid and rushed me to the hospital.”
“I’m so worried about others who didn’t have the same early cardiac awareness that I did.”
Dot, who works as a nurse in a care home near Caerphilly, south Wales, said she was able to recognize the signs of a heart attack quickly because she is a nurse.
“When I called 999 and said, ‘I’m a nurse, I know things aren’t looking good, I know I’m having a heart attack,'” she continued.
‘I’m sorry, there are no ambulances available,’ said the woman on the other end of the line.
“I couldn’t believe it when I said, ‘What am I supposed to do? I’m on my own.’
I’m aware that ambulances are waiting in Aandamp;E parking lots because there are no other options.
Residents in my care home can wait up to ten hours for an ambulance, but I had no idea it was this bad.
I understand that a heart attack is a top priority.”
Dot is now unsure if she will ever be able to return to her dream job as a nurse.
Her ordeal occurred on December 18, while her husband was on the night shift.
“First, I thought I’d pulled a muscle in my arm, so I applied some pain relief gel.
“Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”