Player waits in agony for help
Leg break victim ‘on field for hours’
A FOOTBALL player was left lying on the pitch in agony for almost three hours with a broken leg waiting for an ambulance.
Ashley Smythe, who plays up front for Llanelli team Pwll AFC, broke both fibia and tibia bones on Saturday afternoon during a tackle.
The incident happened with just 20 minutes left of the Carmarthenshire League clash against Swansea side Killay FC.
With the match abandoned, calls were made for an ambulance to attend Pwll playing fields but the strickened player was left in severe pain on the pitch comforted by teammates as the hours ticked by.
Pwll AFC secretary Mike Aitken said Killay FC were leading 3-0 at the 73 minute mark when the nasty accident happened.
He added: “He was in agony, I was watching the game and it was a fair tackle, nothing untoward, both players were 50-50 going for the ball when it happened.
“It was a nasty one. “We all rushed over to him, made him comfortable but it was clear he was in agony, he was screaming for a good few minutes and then calmed down.”
As soon as the incident happened, a call was made for an ambulance he said: “We called and then opened the gates to the field fully so that the ambulance could come in.
“This would have been just after 3.45pm.
“Time went on and there was no sign on it. We called again were told it was a low priority call, so we waited.”
Mr Aitken said that all players from both clubs could do was to keep the injured player as comfortable as possible.
“He was in alot of pain and I think as soon as the adrenaline wore off the pain became worse,” he added.
Mr Aitken said at 5.15pm, the player was still waiting for medical treatment.
He said: “At that time there was still no ambulance and he was still on the pitch, laying there.
“It was awful to see and we couldn’t undestand why there was such a delay.”
The ambulance arrived just before 6.30pm, two and three-quarter hours after the alarm was raised.
He was taken to Carmarthen’s Glangwili Hospital.
Following the delay in paramedics arriving, Andrew Mooney, of Pwll AFC, took to Twitter on Satuday night and said: “Shocking state of the NHS.
“One of the boys snapped both his tibia and fibia today playing football, took the ambulance three hours to get to him that’s three hours laying on a football pitch unable to move with no pain relief. Budget cuts are being made in the wrong places.”
Both clubs are now wishing the Pwll forward, who lives in Swansea, a speedy recovery.
Killay FC took to Twitter and said: “Sending best wishes from the club to Pwll AFC player who looked like he suffered a very nasty injury in today’s game. Game called off after 73 minutes.”
The Welsh Ambulance Service Trust said: “We did take a call at 3.45pm on Saturday, September 1, following reports that a man is believed to have suffered a broken leg during a football game in Pwll, Llanelli.
“Two emergency ambulance crews were allocated to the call, which was classified as ‘Amber 1,’ with the first emergency crew arriving at scene at 6.28pm.
“One patient was transported to Glangwili Hospital.”
“Welsh Ambulance sets itself very high standards for the delivery of all its services to our patients, and should any patient or relative want to raise concerns about response times or treatment they received at scene, the circumstances of the incident and response would be thoroughly investigated and any findings or recommendations shared as appropriate.”
We rushed over to make him comfortable, but he was in agony
Pwll playing fields, outside Llanelli, where the incident happened.