An incredible-grandfather died the day after his eightieth birthday whereas ready for an ambulance that ought to have come inside 18 minutes however took two hours to reach.

Sharon Day, 79, misplaced her husband Ian, after he skilled excruciating chest pains at their dwelling within the quaint village of Sturry, close to Canterbury, Kent.

The 999 name at simply earlier than 1am was classed as class 2, which means the ambulance service aimed to succeed in him inside 18 minutes.

However paramedics didn’t get to the tackle in Sturry, close to Canterbury, till 2.55am, after Sharon needed to name them again.

By the point he was attended to by consultants, the household say Ian was in ‘agony’ and will barely breathe.

Sharon revealed the very last thing her husband mentioned was that he beloved her – with that tragically being the final dialog that they had as Ian handed away within the morning. 

The household insist Ian was robbed of any likelihood of survival due to the delay, claiming he would have pulled by means of if he was attended to sooner. 

Sharon Day, 79, (above) misplaced her husband Ian, after he skilled excruciating chest pains at their dwelling within the village of Sturry, close to Canterbury, Kent

Ian had his first coronary heart assault in 2002, however recovered effectively and labored as a painter and decorator till he was 70.

On the finish of final yr, after experiencing chest pains, he was prescribed remedy for angina.

On the time of his loss of life, he had been awaiting an angiogram that will have decided whether or not he wanted a stent fitted however his appointment letter didn’t come by means of till after his loss of life.

On July 28, Ian celebrated his eightieth birthday with a household dinner in Whitstable. However on arriving dwelling, his ache worsened dramatically and he went to mattress.

Sharon mentioned: ‘I went in to see him and he was sitting on the facet of his mattress clutching his chest. He was in agony.’

She referred to as 999 at simply earlier than 1am and was informed an ambulance can be despatched.

However by about 1.40am there was nonetheless no signal of it and he or she frantically rang again. Ultimately it arrived at round 3am.

Sharon mentioned: ‘By [the time the ambulance arrived], Ian was in actually dangerous ache.

‘He might hardly breathe. It was horrible.’

The family insist Ian was robbed of any chance of survival be.cause of the delay, claiming he would have pulled through if he was attended to sooner. Pictured: Ian celebrates his 80th birthday with family the day before he died

The household insist Ian was robbed of any likelihood of survival be.reason behind the delay, claiming he would have pulled by means of if he was attended to sooner. Pictured: Ian celebrates his eightieth birthday with household the day earlier than he died

Ian was given oxygen and morphine and was taken to the QEQM hospital in Margate, and earlier than the 2 had an opportunity to talk once more he died at 7am of cardiac arrest.

Sharon mentioned: ‘I informed him I beloved him and he informed me he beloved me, and that was the very last thing I mentioned to him.

‘I by no means spoke to him once more as a result of he died.’

Ian leaves behind 4 youngsters, 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren, who say he would nonetheless be alive if paramedics had reached him earlier.

His widow mentioned: ‘He would have survived. He’d have had an opportunity.

‘I do know he was 80 however he did not look his age, he did not act it. He had a will to reside.

‘I might hoped I had just a few years left with him. We nonetheless had lots of issues to do, and he beloved his household a lot.

‘He simply beloved residing. He was an incredible man.’

The 999 call at just before 1am was classed as category 2, meaning the ambulance service aimed to reach him within 18 minutes. But paramedics did not get to the address until 2.55am, after Sharon had to call them back. Pictured: Ian and Sharon share a kiss at his 80th party

The 999 name at simply earlier than 1am was classed as class 2, which means the ambulance service aimed to succeed in him inside 18 minutes. However paramedics didn’t get to the tackle till 2.55am, after Sharon needed to name them again. Pictured: Ian and Sharon share a kiss at his eightieth social gathering

Bosses at South East Coast Ambulance Service (Secamb), the ambulance service, say that when Ian fell sick in July, there have been greater than 3,000 calls a day – a rise of 24 per cent on July 2019.

Demand has since grown additional, with 105,369 calls acquired in October – the equal of 1 each 25 seconds and its busiest ever month.

Sharon mentioned: ‘I really feel actually actually sorry for different folks left ready for ambulances. I actually do.

‘As a result of I do know what I’ve gone by means of and what I am nonetheless going by means of, and I discover it exhausting to ever assume I am going to recover from it.

‘One thing must occur. They need to make it potential for ambulances to be like they was once years in the past.

‘They was once there inside minutes of anyone calling with a coronary heart assault, however now ready occasions are simply getting longer and longer.’

Sharon (pictured) revealed the last thing her husband said was that he loved her - with that tragically being the last conversation they had as Ian passed the following morning

Sharon (pictured) revealed the very last thing her husband mentioned was that he beloved her – with that tragically being the final dialog that they had as Ian handed the next morning

A spokesman for Secamb mentioned: ‘We want to ship our honest condolences to Mrs Day.

‘We’re very sorry for her expertise and for the delay concerned in responding to her name.

‘We recognize how distressing this may have been. We invite her to contact us immediately so we will look into her issues together with her in additional element.

‘All through the entire summer season we now have been extraordinarily busy and we proceed to face excessive demand.

‘We’re very sorry that this has meant some sufferers have waited longer than they need to. Our employees are working exhausting to reply to sufferers as rapidly as potential.

‘The general public might help us handle this elevated demand by solely calling 999 within the occasion of a severe emergency and by making use of options to 999, together with NHS 111 on-line if it is pressing however not an emergency.’

A spokesman for East Kent Hospitals mentioned: ‘We want to provide our sympathies to Mr Day’s household after his unhappy loss of life and can be glad to debate any issues they’ve about his care.

‘We sincerely apologise that his appointment letter was acquired after his loss of life – sadly it had already been produced earlier than the data system was up to date.’