A woman partially paralyzed after waiting for an ambulance for over an hour

A former New Westminster councilwoman, Lorrie Williams, is in hospital Royal Columbian since August 6.

At the time ofstroke, Lorrie Williams was with a relative, a retired doctor who wishes to remain anonymous. According to the latter, Lorrie Williams was on the sofa when he noticed that the 81-year-old British Columbian had difficulty articulating. The former councilwoman’s face then sagged and her body slid to the left. The relative says he called 911 immediately.

After an hour and a half, this person, accompanied by two neighbors, was still sitting with Lorie Williams. She regrets having had to call 911 many times to get an ambulance.

By email, the BCEHS confirms having received a call at 8:09 p.m., and affirms that at the time of the events, the paramedics were responding to several emergencies at the same time.

After receiving information that the patient’s condition had changed, the BCEHS assures that an ambulance was on the scene within four minutes of the change in status of the situation, i.e. at 9:18 p.m.

Lorie Williams’ brother, Allan Greenwood, says he is angry and believes his sister’s paralysis was caused by the wait for the ambulance to arrive. He is not angry with the paramedics, but believes that the health care system in British Columbia is not working.

Seriously, there is something wrong with the system. How can we explain that when we need an ambulance it now takes two hours? »

A quote from Allan Greenwood, patient’s brother

The BCEHS apologizes for the delay and assures that he will examine the answer given to the appeal.

The BC Paramedics Union, which represents more than 4,500 first responders, says the delays are caused by staffing shortages.

Although given 48 hours to comment on this case, the Ministry of Health declined to respond to our interview request, arguing that it is currently not responding to media requests due to the death of the Queen Elizabeth II.

With information from Eva Uguen-Csenge

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