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Soccer player waits forty minutes for ambulance after breaking leg

Posted by: Ned Franklin | 2 July, 2013 - 9:44 AM
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A 31-year-old amateur soccer player in Melbourne's West was forced to wait over forty minutes for an ambulance at the weekend after badly breaking his leg during a match in Cairnlea.

Yagiz Adal, secretary of the Carinlea Football Club spoke to Justin Smith on 3AW Mornings and said the player was in agony for almost an hour, unable to be lifted from the field of play.

"We couldn't move him, we wanted to stretch him off and the game had to be called off because he was in the middle of the pitch," Mr Adal said.

"He was shaking and we were worried he was going into shock...the ambulance kept telling me the first available will be sent but we just kept waiting and waiting.

"He was in an incredible amount of pain," Adal said.

Ambulance Victoria Group Manager Tony Elliott issued a statement to 3AW this morning:

"While we understand the concerns of those at the scene we always send paramedics to the sickest patients first, particularly those with life-threatening conditions. 

“On Saturday afternoon we were called to a man who had injured his leg playing soccer at Cairnlea.

“We dispatched an ambulance as we received the first call but, while this ambulance was on its way to the man, it was diverted to a nearby life-threatening emergency – a person with severe breathing difficulties.

“We dispatched another ambulance which transported the man to hospital in a stable condition.”


Cairnlea FC Player (name withheld due to privacy) lying in the middle of the pitch waiting for an ambulance.You will note that his leg is bloated from the break.  His tibia was broken in two places according to doctors later on.


LISTEN: Yagiz Adal, secretary of the Carinlea Football Club

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Blog comments Your Say

  • The Sunshine Hospital is a 5 minute drive from this football field. It was a broken leg not a broken spine. They could have driven him. The ambulances were most likely treating life threatening medical conditions. A broken leg is not a heart attack or stroke.

    Lance Friday 5 July, 2013 - 11:34 AM
  • i wonder how many people who complian about ambulance service are members i have been a member for 60years and i say its good value and im a pensioner

    lw ross Thursday 4 July, 2013 - 5:47 PM
  • oh no!!!, we don't have fast camels here,I mean at least in town, but if he was in the outback where he belongs quadruped transportation would have been prompt and even cheap by the way.

    jemo Wednesday 3 July, 2013 - 11:12 AM
  • @ Garaham, Ill tell you why you are hearing about this now. The victorian public sector code of conduct which we are bound by makes it a sackable offence to talk to the media, unless you are under protected industrial action as we are at the moment, and protected industrial aciton is only granted during award negotiations. The fact this story has a photo of the patient in it tells me this story is not leaked by Paramedics, this story comes from the people who were there with this poor bugger and his busted leg. Payrates falling below those of other states has been happening well before andrews and brumby. If you like we can stop informing the public about how sick their ambulance service is and just go back to talking about money. Which one benefits you more?

    Caught in the crossfire Wednesday 3 July, 2013 - 9:02 AM
  • Are you serious Mark, or is that you Marco, your "agenda" comment kinda gives you away. I think that contributors such as Microcephalic Matt, 'Susan', his Le Girls alter ego, and even yourself are given plenty of blog space to air your bitter hatred of Australian Rules Football. I am continually in awe of the narrow minded, repetitive, idiotic verbatim that the afore mentioned parties bring to the conversation. Now as a soccer devotee, you had better call an ambulance as I may have hurt your feelings !

    Sinbad Wednesday 3 July, 2013 - 8:01 AM
  • As a Victorian Paramedic of 15 years, I can assure you that it greatly bothers me when we know someone is in distress and waiting for Paramedics to arrive however due to caseloads it takes a long time before a dispatched crew reaches them. On my last such case, my partner and I were actually boo'd and sarcastically clapped when we arrived, as if we had deliberately delayed our response. This was after risking ourselves driving lights and sirens from a long way away after clearing car accident with a child fatality, and not having a scrap to eat/ meal break for 8 hours. These event happen time after time . Unsupported by the government, bullied by management, and regularly abused by the public. For this, I am underpaid, and miss vital moments with my family. If there are not significant changes soon, I will be handing in my resignation and going back to my previous higher paying 9-5 desk job.

    Weary paramedic Tuesday 2 July, 2013 - 11:57 PM

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