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Bradley Jolly & Graeme Murray

Man tells wife 'I'm scared' on phone before dying after two hour wait for ambulance

A dad has died of a heart attack after waiting nearly two hours for an ambulance.

Michael Wright did not survive despite efforts by hospital staff to revive him.

His 31-year-old wife Vicki says it was "avoidable" the length of time he waited for help.

She was devastated to hear her Michael's last words on the phone after he had a heart attack at home following a wait of nearly two hours for an ambulance.

The 33-year-old died that night in hospital in the tragedy. Vicki has now set up a GoFundMe to try and give Michael the send-off he deserves.

The Daily Express reports the father of four dialled 999 after experiencing excruciating pains in his chest and vomiting alone at home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk.

A former landscape gardener he "became scared" and deteriorated during the one-hour-and-45-minute wait for paramedics on January 17.

Michael, with wife Vicky, was otherwise 'seemingly healthy' when he suddenly starting experiencing chest pains (Vicki Wright)

When he was eventually taken to hospital, tests showed he had experienced a heart attack.

Michael's wife Vicki, 31, said: "I am angry. I am really angry. It could have been prevented. It could have. It's horrible.

"He had no health problems like this. He was totally healthy..

"I know there is a strain on the NHS at the moment but it is not good enough to leave him that long.

"They could have told him to jump in a taxi because to take nearly two hours is not on.

"I was out at the time but after he'd called for an ambulance, he called me to tell me he had this awful pain in his chest. He vomited while he was on the phone to me. He said he was becoming scared."

East of England Ambulance Service apologised for the delay as industrial action happened from workers across various industries, including ambulance workers.

No strike action has, however, been taken by staff at East of England Ambulance Service.

He spoke his final words with wife Vicki on the phone after the ambulance took almost two hours to reach him (Vicki Wright)

Vicki, who married Michael in 2018, reckons his death could have been avoided if paramedics arrived at his home in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, within the 18 minutes guideline time for the 'Category 2' call.

She was out with the children when Michael became ill and said: "It definitely would have been avoided if the ambulance had arrived sooner.

"This death was avoidable.

"I got a call to say he had gone into cardiac arrest in hospital. I rushed there and they put me straight in the family room, and they said basically that he'd gone.

"They had tried to work on him for 90 minutes."

in a heartfelt tribute to Michael, she added: "Michael was lovely. He was very humorous. He had a very funny side to his character. He made me laugh."

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesperson said: "We offer our sincere condolences to Mr Wright’s family and loved ones.

"At the time of the call we were experiencing high levels of demand and our ability to respond to patients was significantly affected by handover delays at hospitals.

"We are working hard to meet demand on our services by recruiting additional clinical staff, hiring more call handlers, and working closely with local hospitals to reduce handover delays so we can reach patients more quickly."

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