WOMAN FALLS OUT OF AM­BU­LANCE

Ex­pat wit­ness said 'un­car­ing' stretcher-bear­ers dis­missed lady as 'mad'

Costa Blanca News (North Edition) - - FRONT PAGE - By Sa­man­tha Kett

A PA­TIENT fell out of a mov­ing am­bu­lance on the AP-7 mo­tor­way in On­dara this week, and a driver who wit­nessed the in­ci­dent says he has been left 'highly trau­ma­tised' by the scene.

The woman, thought to be aged be­tween 20 and 40, hit the tar­mac at 110 kilo­me­tres per hour and suf­fered ex­tremely se­ri­ous injuries, ac­cord­ing to Ger­man ex­pat Michael Ka­worsky.

“I saw the back doors of the am­bu­lance open,” says Michael, who lives in Mo­raira and was head­ing to Daimús (La Safor) hol­i­day park for Easter week­end.

“I was about 500 me­tres away and I saw a bun­dle fall out, which I thought was a blan­ket, but no, it was a woman.

“I was nearly on top of her by the time I man­aged to brake. She was to­tally cov­ered in blood, com­pletely destroyed. She was still alive, but breath­ing with great dif­fi­culty.”

Michael blocked the lane with his car to pro­tect her and flashed the am­bu­lance re­peat­edly to let them know they had lost a pa­tient.

“When they came with a stretcher, I told them they'd have to call a doc­tor and the po­lice, but they just ig­nored me; they shoved her into the am­bu­lance re­ally roughly and left.

“Ac­cord­ing to the am­bu­lance driver and his com­pan­ion, 'it was her own fault' be­cause 'she's mad'.”

It turned out the pa­tient had men­tal health prob­lems and was sup­posed to have been ac­com­pa­nied in the back.

“I over­took them a bit later, waited at the tolls in Oliva, but they just car­ried on driv­ing to­wards Va­len­cia,” Michael said.

He had man­aged to take a pho­to­graph of the am­bu­lance and went to re­port the mat­ter to the Guardia Civil in Gan­dia, but they had shut for the bank hol­i­day.

Michael went to the Na­tional Po­lice, who said it was 'not their de­part­ment' and he would have to go to a Guardia Civil sta­tion in the prov­ince of Ali­cante, as the ac­ci­dent hap­pened in On­dara.

Fi­nally, Michael re­ported it to a duty judge in Dé­nia.

But his Easter hol­i­days were spoilt as he was too dis­tressed to en­joy his fam­ily trip to Daimús.

“I'm afraid the woman may not have sur­vived. Her injuries were re­ally bad,” he said.

Regional health au­thor­i­ties have launched an in­quiry, but the am­bu­lance staff main­tain the young woman was strapped to a stretcher and had a para­medic with her on the jour­ney.

Photo by An­gel Gar­cía

Wit­ness Michael Ka­worsky

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