Lisa Day, (pictured above), a 27 year old with type 1 diabetes who died in September 2015 after falling very ill, and having to wait five hours for an ambulance to arrive, could have survived had she reached hospital sooner, an inquest has heard.
Ms Day, a student nurse from Saffron Walden, Essex, fell ill at her friend Luke Halliburton's house, vomiting blood. Mr Halliburton rang the NHS 111 service, with an ambulance being requested just after 5pm. However, he told the inquest that it had still not turned up by 10pm.
During the wait, Ms Day's condition significantly deteriorated and she suffered a heart attack. She was found unconscious on a bed, and died five days later in hospital.
She died due to a lack of oxygen reaching the brain, experiencing diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA), which is a short-term complication that happens when the body does not have sufficient levels of insulin to let glucose enter cells. Because of this, her blood glucose levels rose to dangerously high levels.
"The reason for the approximate four and a half hour delay in an ambulance attending was because demand outstripped capacity," said Coroner Mary Hassell, in a narrative verdict.
"If Lisa had received definitive hospital care before she suffered a cardiac arrest in the evening of 7 September, the likelihood is she would have survived."
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