Hoax 999 call saves life of Fahan mother who was seconds from death
By Caoimhinn Barr
A Fahan mother-of-two, who was a few minutes from death following sudden heart failure, was saved by an ambulance crew attending a nearby hoax 999 call.
Kathleen McGinley had been swimming off Ned’s Point in Buncrana when she suffered a pulmonary edema. Her lungs filled with fluid and she could not breathe.
The 43-year-old, who had no history of heart disease, was dragged ashore semi-conscious and would almost certainly have died had it not been for the instant arrival of the paramedics.
Paramedics Martin Quinn and Roddy Smith happened to be in the Buncrana area after responding to a hoax call on the Cockhill Road. They had been making their way back into the ambulance when they got a call about a genuine medical emergency at Ned’s Point, less than two miles away.
They rushed to the scene and managed to get an oxygen line into Kathleen, who eventually made an almost full recovery after spending three days in the intensive care unit at Altnagelvin Hospital.
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