Ambulance Delays Lead to Death of Pregnant Women

Ambulance Delays Lead to Death of Pregnant Women

A coroner's inquiry has heard that there was a succession of delays with ambulances that lead to the death of a woman who had an ectopic pregnancy in northern Victoria.

Veronica Campbell, 38, died in December 2008, after waiting hours to be shifted from the Cobram Hospital to Shepparton for surgery.

The inquisition has heard that the first ambulance arrived around two hours after the hospital called for the move, but those paramedics were not competent to transfer her.

The hearing has also been told that it was another 25 minutes until an intensive care paramedic came, but an air ambulance was already on its way so the paramedic did not transfer her.

The ambulance helicopter left Cobram with Mrs. Campbell an hour and 20 minutes after the intensive care paramedic reached.

According to the inquest, her condition worsened over that time. She became unconscious and needed a breathing tube.

The hearing will continue today.


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