‘We’ve been abandoned’: Man dies in B.C. town waiting for health care near ambulance station – CTV

Aug. 15, 2022

For the second time in less than a month, a resident of Ashcroft, B.C., died while waiting for health care.

Mayor Barbara Roden told CTV News Vancouver a man was walking his dog Sunday morning when he had a heart attack. The man was within sight of the local ambulance station, but the closest paramedics were about 30 minutes away.

Volunteer firefighters were called, but weren’t trained for that kind of medical response. Roden said the firefighters who did have some first aid gave the man CPR until paramedics arrived.

“That’s twice in one month now that we’ve had people in medical distress with no ambulance at the station to give them assistance,” Roden said.

“It’s frustrating, it makes me incredibly sad for the family and friends of the deceased, it makes me worried for my community because I know that people in the community are worried about it.”

Read more: https://bc.ctvnews.ca/we-ve-been-abandoned-man-dies-in-b-c-town-waiting-for-health-care-near-ambulance-station-1.6027601

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