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October 4, 2013

Father tried to save son's life after equipment failure left medic in tears


LANCANSHIRE, England — A father relived the harrowing moment he had to step in and treat his dying son — after a female paramedic broke down in tears when she couldn’t get her equipment to work.

Dwayne Cuming desperately attempted to revive ten-year-old asthma sufferer Harry, who began gasping for breath as he watched TV with his three-year-old brother, an inquest heard yesterday.

Both his inhaler and a more powerful nebuliser failed to stop the attack, leaving the boy in tears as he sobbed: ‘Dad, dad it’s not working’ before collapsing on the floor. Although ambulance staff quickly arrived at the scene, one of the paramedics found she could not insert an endotracheal tube meant to clear his airways.

Full story: 'Dad, dad, it's not working': Desperate cry of asthma boy as equipment failure left paramedic in tears