The family of an 87-year-old man was forced to build him a shelter in the soccer goal after waiting 15 hours in an ambulance |  UK News

The family of an 87-year-old man was forced to build him a shelter in the soccer goal after waiting 15 hours in an ambulance | UK News

The family of an 87-year-old man was forced to build him a shelter in the soccer goal after waiting 15 hours in an ambulance |  UK News

The family of an 87-year-old man was forced to build a makeshift shelter around him using a soccer goal after he was left waiting 15 hours in the rain for an ambulance.

Great-grandfather David suffered serious injuries, including seven broken ribs, two pelvic fractures and an arm injury after falling at his home in Cornwall.

His daughter, Karen, and son-in-law, Trevor, called 999 at 7:30 p.m. Monday, but waited for paramedics until 11:30 a.m. the next day.

Operators had told the family not to move David in case his injuries worsened, forcing them to keep him out overnight.

Throughout the night, Karen and Trevor said they made four or five calls to 999 and were assured that paramedics would be with them “soon.”

When it started to rain heavily, the couple used a soccer goal, umbrellas and tarps to create a shelter for the retiree in an attempt to protect him from the elements.

The incident comes amid long waiting times for hospital treatment in Cornwall, with patients saying they have waited outside hospital in ambulances for hours and even days.

‘It was traumatising’

“He was walking to the garage when he tripped and fell,” Trevor said.

”We dialed 999, but an ambulance didn’t arrive for more than 15 hours. We kept calling and they said we’ll be with you soon.

“My wife was nervous.

“They kept telling us not to move it, so we borrowed a neighbor’s soccer goal and used a tarp. It was traumatizing.”

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David, who lives in the small Cornish town of Saint Columb Road, is now recovering at the Royal Cornwall Hospital in Treliske.

A spokesperson for the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Integrated Care System said: “As in other parts of the country, our health and care system continues to experience pressure.

”The reasons for this are complex, including the high demand for primary and secondary care, mental health services and adult social care.

“Our teams continue to work together to support people who need our care and we encourage people to use the most appropriate service, including their local pharmacy, minor injury units or 111 online, to keep our emergency departments and the 999 service available for people with urgent and life-threatening needs.”

The Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has been contacted for comment.

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