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.