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Polish man dies after ambulance sent to wrong address

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Nick Hodge 02.09.2015 17:20
A 28-year-old man died after an ambulance went to the wrong address near Limanowa, southern Poland.
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However, the ambulance call centre in the city of Tarnów has told Radio Kraków that the person who requested help initially gave the wrong address.

Apparently, the ambulance was originally called to Zamieście Street in the village of Tymbark, whereas it should have been directed to Tymbark Street in the village of Zamieście.

By the time that the mistake had been clarified, it was too late.

The vehicle arrived at the correct address after a 16-minute delay, and the patient, who had recently undergone a heart transplant, had died.

Similar case

A similar mistake occurred recently near Limanowa, in which the dispatcher in Tarnów turned out to be at fault.

The error occurred as there are two villages with the same name (Kamionka Mała) in the Małopolska region, and the dispatcher sent the ambulance to the wrong one.

A 58-year-old man died, and his wife died the following day, apparently as a result of the shock. (nh)

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