Distraught family hit out at ambulance delays

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A concerned Longford mother this week outlined her family’s nightmare experience when her daughter took ill earlier this month.

A concerned Longford mother this week outlined her family’s nightmare experience when her daughter took ill earlier this month.

Newtownforbes woman Geraldine McVeigh explained that her daughter became suddenly ill on Tuesday, March 10.

“She was completely disorientated. She was crying with a pain in her head and she had broken out in a clammy sweat,” Geraldine explained.

In casualty in Longford, Geraldine’s daughter got violently ill and the doctor on duty decided to refer her to the Midland Regional Hospital, Mullingar.

The family then had to endure a wait of 90 minutes for the ambulance, which was believed to have been traveling from Edenderry. Once in Mullingar, the family claim that they waited over three hours to see a doctor. When they found a bleed on the brain, the woman was transferred to Beaumont, where she later underwent emergency surgery for a brain aneurysm. Thankfully, Geraldine’s daughter is now recuperating at home following her ordeal.

In a statement to the Leader, the HSE said, “The National Ambulance Service cannot comment on individual cases.”