Lamma medics had hands full, court told

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 12:00am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 27 April, 2005, 12:00am

An ambulance team on Lamma was saving a man who had hanged himself when it received another urgent call to rescue a journalist who had impaled himself in a fall at his home, a coroner's court heard yesterday.

Li Wai-keung, senior ambulance officer, told the court that he and his team were in the North Lamma Clinic, helping nurses resuscitate a man who had hanged himself, when he received a call from the control office at 6.35pm on September 8, 2003.

The team was instructed to rescue David Slough, 62, who was impaled on a bamboo fence when he fell trying to climb to the second-floor balcony of his flat. Mr Li said the ambulance immediately left the clinic and took about three minutes to get to the scene.

The control station had given the wrong address, calling the destination Tai Wan new village instead of Tai Wan old village, Mr Li said. But the ambulance team still managed to reach the scene by asking residents for information.

Slough's neighbours had earlier told the court he fell from his home around 6pm - 35 minutes before the control office informed the team of the accident.

Senior fireman Ng Miu-king told the coroner that the control office had first sent a fire engine.

According to Mr Li, Slough arrived at the clinic at 6.50pm and there were only two nurses there at the time. He said it was 'a long time' before a doctor arrived, and Slough had lost a lot of blood by then. He died the next day.

The inquest, being heard before coroner Michael Chan Pik-kiu, continues today.



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