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After waiting almost two hours for an ambulance, a British woman with the flu died earlier this month. Her daughters waited by her side all along, and are now raising money to pay for her funeral.
Friday, January 20, 2023 at 06:55
Victoria Louisa Maame Yamphet, 40, came down with the flu on January 6 when she came home to Dagenham, East London. Her condition deteriorated sharply in the days that followed, her 18-year-old daughter Emmanuela says in British media. So much so that on January 10 she had such pain in her ribs and in the abdominal area that her daughter panicked and decided to call the emergency services early in the morning.
The beginning of an agony. Emmanuela called the ambulance at 6:09 am, which was supposed to be there within 10 minutes. When she still hadn’t shown up after 20 minutes, the daughter called again. The hour of arrival kept being postponed. Meanwhile, the woman’s 9-year-old daughter was also “crying” next to her, constantly tugging at her body to keep her mom awake.
Suddenly they were told to wait an hour. “Meanwhile, my mother continued to be in pain and her breathing became more and more labored,” said Emmanuela. At around 7:15 a.m., she was told a taxi would come to take her mom to the hospital. It finally arrived at 7:45 am. By then, Victoria had already stopped breathing, with her daughters still by her side. “I called the nurses again in tears to get them here faster. They arrived a minute later. But because they made us wait an hour and 45 minutes, my mother didn’t make it.”
It is not yet clear what caused the woman’s death. Bee Daily Mail the London Ambulance Service apologizes for the tragedy. “We are deeply sorry for the delay and we are investigating what went wrong here.”
In order to organize a funeral for her mother, Emmanuela started fundraising.
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