Family waited 50 minutes with dying mum for ambulance

Maura Porter, RIP

Maura Porter, RIP

The family of a 70-year-old Donegal woman who died after being struck by a car want to know why they had to wait for an ambulance from Letterkenny.

Maura Porter, from Churchtown, Carndonagh, was returning home from a visit to Sacred Heart Church when she was struck by a car shortly before 6pm on Monday, December 30.

Her son Brendan says the family stayed by her side, praying for an ambulance to arrive, for 50 minutes.

He told the Irish Mirror: “I lay with mum comforting her and praying with her to reassure her. We knew she was in a bad way.

“All I could think of was why the ambulance was not coming quicker. We had to wait for an ambulance to come from Letterkenny for at least 50 minutes. How can anyone justify a 50 minute journey for an ambulance to reach a dying woman in this day and age?

The issue has provoked a strong reaction, with many people contacting radio stations to express their concerns.

Local TDs are also demanding answers.

Charlie McConalogue said it was a scandal and totally unacceptable that a seriously injured pensioner would have to wait so long. He said something like this “should never be allowed happen again”.

Pádraig Mac Lochlainn commended the family for speaking out. “Sadly, this is not the first time in Donegal that we have heard of these serious delays. The lessons have to be learned”, he added.




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