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Woman dies as locked gates keep medics out

2012-07-09 10:50

Johannesburg - A Johannesburg woman died of a heart attack during a family reunion at a resort in Barkley West, Northern Cape, after paramedics were unable to breach the locked gates, Beeld reported on Monday.

Wendy Mackay, 51, suffered a cardiac arrest around 01:30 on Saturday, after which her family summoned ER24 paramedics.

According to family spokesperson Jenny Mahmud, the gates to the resort, which belongs to the local Sol Plaatje municipality, were locked, and there was no way for paramedics to get in.

"We couldn't find a security guard to open the gates. I called the reservation phone number, but nobody answered," Mahmud said.

The family summoned the police and local fire brigade, but by the time paramedics were able to cut a hole in the fence, Mackay had died.

"We believe her life could have been saved if the gate hadn't been locked," Mahmud said.

Municipal spokesperson Sello Matsie said on Sunday the case would be investigated.

"I can't say exactly what happened there. The gate was locked for security reasons ... we would like to express our sympathy to the family."

He was unable to say whether a security guard should have been on duty to control access to the resort.

Comments
  • Lulama - 2012-07-09 10:57

    is this for real???

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-09 11:12

      The story presumably is. The picture of the woman with the neck brace is not. It is just another stock picture used by news24 instead of a photo of the resort, the gates, or anything else that is actually relevant.

      raath - 2012-07-09 12:20

      we can be lucky that News24 actually made the effort of putting some picture in the article...

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-09 13:22

      I don't know, I think no photo is better than a misleading photo.

  • gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-09 11:05

    Surely they could have busted it down ?

      JohanCduToit - 2012-07-09 11:15

      Agreed, they should have driven through the gates. A gate and an ambulance can be replaced, a life can not.

      martin.ferguson.7311 - 2012-07-09 11:41

      Or called?when you phone to report an emergency they dont just send paramedics or anybody before asking for contact details?

      iainrhind - 2012-07-09 13:09

      Oh yes, JohanCduToit? And how do you transport the patient to hospital in a trashed ambulance? Moron.

      Klippies - 2012-07-09 13:14

      I agree, I would have rammed those gates.

      gavin.lott.9 - 2012-07-09 14:44

      Beefcake (if that is your real name) Ambulances have to break into alot of places when they cannot reach the patient, it's quite common.

  • Twolips - 2012-07-09 11:06

    Sue the pants off the resort and the municipality!

  • peter.ndamase - 2012-07-09 11:11

    A resort, with municipality gates? I'm lost.

  • luke.gray.549668 - 2012-07-09 11:33

    I smell a lawsuit

  • denise.wilshire - 2012-07-09 11:50

    Life skills 101! Pity the general public aren't encouraged to undergo compulsory CPR training? This life saver could be taught in under 10 minutes! My condolences to the family, your experience was so traumatic.

  • jeffrey.harmesson - 2012-07-09 11:51

    "He was unable to say whether a security guard should have been on duty..." Really? What if the people in the resort simply wanted to leave? *Someone* had to be on duty with the keys to those gates.

  • SaleĆ© - 2012-07-09 14:13

    "I can't say exactly what happened there. The gate was locked for security reasons ... we would like to express our sympathy to the family." Sure. However, it should have been capable of being opened quickly for security reasons. What security when a poor woman has died? Rest in peace, angel.

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