Lad, 9, dies after ambulance sat nav broke on its way to him
Corey Seymour suffered heart failure following a severe asthma attack at home
A BOY died after an ambulance’s satnav broke on its way to him.
Corey Seymour, nine, suffered heart failure following a severe asthma attack at home.
But the ambulance took 24 minutes to reach him and by the time it got the lad to hospital it was too late to save him. The crew’s target response time is eight minutes.
Now mum Melanie Carver, 40, had demanded an inquiry into the incident.
She blasted: “How can highly trained medical professionals be so reliant on satnav? Could they not have used a map?
“I need to know if a broken satnav meant the difference between life and death for my son.”
Corey suffered from chronic asthma and was regularly rushed to hospital from his family home in Bromsgrove, Worcs. On the day of his severe attack last September, a paramedic was sent by car until the ambulance arrived. A GP was also called.
Melanie, who was pregnant with her ninth child when Corey died, recalled: “The man who turned up did all he could but saw how desperate the situation was and was asking where the crew was. I phoned them at 8.22am but the ambulance did not arrive until 8.46am. By that time Corey had suffered a heart attack. I’ll never forget what he said to me. He just looked up and whispered, ‘Mum, I can’t do this anymore’.”
Worcester coroner Geraint Williams last week adjourned the inquest into Corey’s death because he wanted more information.
West Midlands Ambulance Service has admitted there was a satnav fault. It added: “A paramedic in a rapid response vehicle and an ambulance were automatically dispatched. By the time the paramedic and GP assessed and treated the patient, the ambulance had arrived. We offer our condolences to the family.”