Player waits in agony for help

Leg break vic­tim ‘on field for hours’

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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

Mike Aitken

Pwll play­ing fields, out­side Llanelli, where the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

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