- Some ambulance drivers have shared their stories about being stuck in traffic with patients
- According to them, some patients have already passed away before even reaching the hospital
- The drivers also said that other motorists do not give way to ambulances
There is no denying to the fact that the traffic in Manila has worsened through the recent years.
KAMI learned that some patients have already lost their lives inside the ambulance while on their way to the hospital.
In a report by French news agency Agence France-Presse (authors Cecil Morella and Joshua Melvin), ambulance driver and paramedic Joseph Laylo shared his experience.
"You feel empty. It is as if you were not given a chance to do everything in your capacity to help," Laylo said.
"If the traffic was not that bad it could have saved the patient," he added.
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Laylo also mentioned that there was a time when a patient died inside the ambulance he was driving when an additional 10 minutes were added to their journey.
"It was about 5.7 kilometers. Normally it would take us less than five minutes, but it took us 15 minutes that time," Laylo explained.
"When you're trying to save a person's life, that is very slow," he said.
Meanwhile, another ambulance driver named Adriel Aragon shared his experience when it took them 40 minutes before they arrived at the hospital with a critically ill patient.
The patient’s pulse disappeared just five minutes before they reached the hospital. The woman was declared dead once she arrived at the emergency room.
"No matter how hard we honk, even if we use our siren, if the vehicles are not moving it doesn't matter," Aragon said.
“That's what happened that time,” he added.
Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) public safety chief Aldo Mayor said that part of the blame is on the other motorists.
He also explained that some Manila ordinances reserving a lane for emergency vehicles are rarely enforced.
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