A young couple claim they were told not to call an ambulance for their seriously ill baby boy because “it would cost too much”. Two month old Tecwyn Jones was being violently sick and struggling to breathe when dad Daniel, 32, and mum Sian Jones, 21, first called out of hours health services.
They claim they were advised to keep feeding the tot – whose lips kept turning blue- and call back if he got worse. But despite ringing repeatedly, they claim that when they asked if they should call an ambulance they were told it would be too expensive – and to get a taxi instead.
Mrs Jones said the couple first rang Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board’s out of hours service at 9pm on October 17 and went on to call them around five times. But a doctor allegedly did not arrive to assess their little boy until just before 3am – and at 2.45am they had dialled 999 and an ambulance was on its way.
Tecwyn was rushed to Glan Clwyd Hospital in north Wales and later transferred to Alder Hey Children’s Hospital in Liverpool. Part of his small intestine, which was crushing his left lung and pushing his heart to the right, had to be removed in a five-hour operation. Mrs Jones said: “We were told he had a 50/50 chance of surviving which was terrifying … The doctors at Alder Hey and Glan Clwyd told us if we had waited until the morning he would be dead.”