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

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

Since her stroke on August 6, Lorrie Williams has been paralyzed on the left side of her body.

A British Columbia woman who suffered a stroke waited over an hour for an ambulance to arrive. She is now partially paralyzed, and her family is asking for answers from British Columbia Emergency Health Services (BCEHS).

A former New Westminster councilwoman, Lorrie Williams, has been at the Royal Columbian Hospital since August 6.

At the time of the stroke, 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 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, BCEHS said an ambulance was on the scene within four minutes of the change in status, at 9:18 p.m.

< p class="e-p">Lorie Williams' brother, Allan Greenwood, says he is angry and believes his sister's paralysis is due to the wait for the ambulance to arrive. He doesn't blame the paramedics, but feels the health care system in British Columbia isn't working.

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

— Allan Greenwood, brother of the patient

BCEHS apologizes for the delay and assures that it will review the response 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 did not wish to respond to our request for an interview , arguing that he is currently unresponsive to media inquiries due to the death of Queen Elizabeth II.

With information from Eva Uguen-Csenge

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