We live in a rural area 10 kilometres from Melita, where our health system is terrible. In a small community, everyone knows their neighbours and friends. You often meet someone who says - we called 911 for an accident or someone was very ill and it took forever to get to us. We say that's too bad and let it go at that.
I had that experience on August 29. I called 911 at approximately 9:40 p.m. They arrived at 10:45 p.m. We are 10 kilometres from Melita where the ambulance was dispatched from. We left at 11:30 p.m. arriving at Virden Hospital at 1:50 a.m. We went 25 kilometres down the gravel road before coming to Highway 83 and then went north. It was a bumpy ride but all is well.
If anyone else has had the same experience please come forward and talk to a member on the Health Board so they can get across to our young attendants who are not familiar with our country roads, that we do not live in the city. It may save a life.
Elsie Reddaway and Sandra Currie