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'Ambulance is an hour away ..better make your own way to hospital' 999 warning to family after toddler Noah suffers seizure and turns blue; EXCLUSIVE.

Byline: JAMES WARD

THE family of a seriously ill tot were told they'd be "better off" making their own way to hospital after he suffered a seizure and turned blue.

Ciara Browne's 18-month-old son Noah had a fit after coming down with a fever while he was being looked after by his uncle and grandmother on Tuesday.

They phoned 999 but they were horrified when the controller advised them to make their own way to hospital because an ambulance would take more than an hour to arrive.

Ciara, from Donaghmede in North Dublin, told the Irish Mirror: "He was a bit under the weather that day. Suddenly, he just had a seizure. He wasn't able to breathe.

"His eyes were rolling, his body was jerking - he was foaming at the mouth. He was going blue and gasping for air."

But when Noah's uncle rang 999 he was told there were only three ambulances available and they were all more than an hour away.

Ciara said: "This was going on for about five minutes, Noah was still gasping for air. They were on the phone to my brother-in-law, telling him what to do, to put the child on his side, strip him down and things like that.

"He was shouting, 'Where's the ambulance?' They said there were only three out and they were all busy.

"They said he could be over an hour waiting and they would advise he made his own way to hospital." Noah's granny and uncle drove to Temple Street Children's Hospital but their ordeal was not over.

Ciara explained: "The traffic was so bad they got as far as Drumcondra. At this stage Noah was limp in my mother-in-law's arms and was just whining.

"So my brother-in-law pulled out in front of a taxi man and said, 'I'm begging you, please take my nephew into hospital'.

"The taxi man was really nice. He took them into the car and flew down the bus lane and got them to Temple Street."

Baby Noah has made a full recovery but Ciara is furious at how he was treated.

She said: "The condition is hereditary - his father had it as well as a baby - so it will probably happen again when he has a fever.

"They said the first thing to do is to get him to a doctor or casualty. So I probably will require an ambulance again.

"Just because it wasn't life-threatening this time, who's to say it won't be next time? An hour isn't good enough.

"I feel my little boy needed help and he didn't get it.

"The resources just weren't there for him. He was let down by the country he was born in, he's been let down by the Government and it angers me so much.

"It's becoming so common. Children are being let down by the system. It's so sad."

Dublin Fire Brigade and Ambulance service said they do not comment on individual cases but would need more time to investigate

james.ward@irishmirror.ie

His eyes were rolling, his body was jerking, his mouth was foaming CIARA BROWNE north dublin yesterday

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ORDEAL Ciara Browne and son Noah at home in North Dublin yesterday

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