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A Queensland man has been forced to wait an hour for an ambulance after a heart attack, leaving his heavily pregnant wife desperate for help.

Brisbane father Ryan Walpole went into cardiac arrest last month, waking him from his sleep in the early hours of the morning.

His wife, Laura Walpole, rushed to call Triple Zero.

Mr and Ms Walpole waited an hour and 15 minutes for an ambulance. (Nine)

“It was just really uncomfortable, just burning in my chest,” Mr Walpole said.

When help hadn’t arrived after 40 minutes, the panicked mother considered waking her children to drive to the hospital.

“I’m just thinking ‘what’s going to happen if he stops breathing, if he goes unconscious’,” Ms Walpole said.

“How am I going to do CPR, I’m 36 weeks pregnant?

“I was in such a panicked state by this point I wouldn’t have been able to drive.”

After an hour and 15 minutes, paramedics arrived.

Mr Walpole received treatment and was given several stents to aid recovery.

Ramping issues and at-capacity hospitals have led to increasing delays for paramedics and their patients. (Nine)

“Potentially I could have been birthing my husband’s unborn child while arranging his funeral and left with no father,” Ms Walpole said.

Ms Walpole made a complaint to the Queensland Ambulance Service, which told her there were 50 other cases waiting for an ambulance, nine of which were Code 1 at the time of her husband’s heart attack.

After Ms Walpole initially phoned Triple Zero art 12.50 am, an ambulance wasn’t assigned to Mr Walpole for 40 minutes.

Paramedics also had to travel from the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital to Deception Bay and were required to stop for petrol.

In a letter to the family, Queensland Health apologised for the delays, saying they were owing to higher than usual demand for paramedics.

Mr Walpole said he feared his children would grow up without a father. (Nine)

The family’s incident is the latest in a string of concerns about wait times brought to the state government’s attention.

“That is just not good enough, in what is a busy city, we should be able to call triple zero and know that ambulances will turn up,” shadow health minister Ros Bates said.

Ms Walpole said while she does not blame individual hospital staff, the incident highlighted a need for increased help in the health care system.

“The service from QAS is fantastic but clearly there is a resources issue and I want to make sure no family has to go through what we went through,” she said.

Source: 9News

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