A BRITISH boy has died in the Alicante General hospital after being involved in a football accident on an Orihuela Costa beach on Tuesday.
The nine-year-old crashed into another boy and immediately collapsed on the sand.
According to witnesses, it took 40 minutes for the SAMU paramedics to arrive at the scene, as apparently the three ambulances serving the area were involved in non-priority calls.
The original incident happened just before 6pm on Tuesday afternoon when the boy, who is understood to have lived on the Orihuela Costa, wasn’t responding after collapsing and the 112 emergency services were called.
While waiting for the arrival of the ambulance, a number of people on the beach began basic resuscitation procedures which were continued by the Local Police after 10 minutes.
The first ambulance arrived after 25 minutes following the call but was only one of the ‘basic life support’ vehicles that carried a doctor who had been picked up from the La Regia health centre, and not one of the emergency (SAMU) ambulances.
After spending close to an hour using CPR techniques before finally resuscitating the boy, he was at first taken by ambulance to the Quiron hospital in Torrevieja, from where he was taken by helicopter to Alicante General hospital in a critical condition.
He died on Wednesday afternoon at 5pm after being put into an induced coma. According to the Spanish media, the three emergency SAMU vehicles which cover the area between Guardamar and Pilar de la Horadada (that includes Orihuela Costa) were busy at the time of the original alarm being raised, carrying our patient transfers.
Orihuela Council issued a statement on Wednesday night “profoundly lamenting the loss of the child, and we send our condolences to his family.”