Tuesday 24 April 2018

'I still send him texts' - Heartbroken daughter of man who died in A&E after 'two-hour wait'

Family claim staff shortage to blame

Edel Tahran (bottom left) pictured with her sister Catherine, brother Jonathan and her dad and mam
Edel Tahran (bottom left) pictured with her sister Catherine, brother Jonathan and her dad and mam
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The heartbroken daughter of a man who died in A&E claims her father had to spend two hours in a waiting room because there were no beds or doctors available.

James 'Jimmy' Power (66) suffered a cardiac arrest in April 2017. His family believe he could have been saved if he'd been provided with a bed and hooked up to the necessary equipment.

He was rushed to University Hospital Waterford in the early hours of the morning as he was suffering from a shortness of breath.

The Kilkenny dad-of-three was a chronic asthmatic and was very unwell in the weeks before his death.

Jimmy Power died aged 66
Jimmy Power died aged 66

"He was left in the waiting room with no oxygen, no monitoring, no nothing...and he sat there for two-and-a-half hours on his own. He had no phone or anything," his daughter Edel Tahran told Red Fm's Neil Prendeville Show.

"We met with staff afterwards and they couldn't even look me in the eye when they said they were short-staffed. So many people are coming to us saying daddy could have been saved...but we'll never bring daddy back."

Edel said her father travelled in the ambulance by himself as her mother had to gather all his medication and some clothes. When she arrived at the hospital, they were trying to revive him.

"My mam called the ambulance and they came out. All our lives, daddy would go in the ambulance and mammy would collect all his belongings. He was on 30 tablets a day," she said.

"He got no care and he did not get a fighting chance with his life and somebody has to be held accountable for that. It's not going to bring him back but if this stops the same thing happening to someone else, my dad's death won't be in vain."

Edel said she still sends texts to her dad's phone and all his belongings have been left in place.

"We were all so close as a family...it was all taken away from him, just like that, and every time I go home I see an empty shed and he's not there. His coat is still on the chair."

The family initially spoke to the Irish Sun and have been overwhelmed by the response.

"People have been sending lovely comments and said I've done my dad really proud," Edel told Independent.ie.

"We want something done. I don’t exactly know who it is should be held responsible, but I’ll go to my grave finding out."

University Hospital Waterford said it does not comment on individual cases.

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