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November 22, 2013

Ambulance typo 'led to toddler's death'

Yahoo! News

NEW SOUTH WALES — The Ambulance Service of NSW has promised to reform its booking system after a simple typing error reportedly prevented an ambulance from reaching a toddler who then suffered a fatal heart attack.

On September 9, the 18-month-old Tregear boy was at a medical centre when a call was made for an ambulance at 9:10am, Fairfax reports. But a typing error meant the ambulance was booked for 19:14, meaning no paramedics were dispatched until another call was made.

By the time the ambulance arrived at the medical centre, nearly an hour later, the young boy had entered into cardiac arrest. Despite being treated by paramedics, the boy died at The Children's Hospital at Westmead.

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