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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Ambulance for tragic baby arrived with elderly patient

Morfeusz Chlamtacz
Morfeusz Chlamtacz

AN elderly patient was on board an ambulance that rushed to a house where a young baby had been taken ill, half-an-hour after the emergency call had been made.

The distressed mother of three-week-old Morfeusz Chlamtacz was kept waiting 30 minutes for an ambulance because of an error in the central control centre in Dublin. The ambulance was sent to a similar address in Cork, instead of Kerry. When the error was realised and an ambulance rushed to her house, an elderly patient was already on board.

Morfeusz died of a suspected cot death. The HSE has accepted that there was a "delay in locating the patient" in Tennis Village in Co Kerry. The distraught mother's first words to paramedics were: "Where were you?". Both the infant and his mother were taken to Kerry General Hospital.

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