Six-month-old Peyton Rae Dial the infant in the middle of an Alberta Health Services review, On March 21, Peyton’s mother Angela Tjostheim-Dial called 911 about 1 p.m. after finding her daughter unresponsive, then had to wait nearly 30 minutes for an out of town ambulance .Monday April 2, 2012.
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Angela Tjostheim-Dial called 911 about 1 p.m. March 21 after finding her six-month-old daughter, Peyton Rae Dial, unresponsive.
The closest available ambulance was dispatched within one minute, said AHS, but sources said the closest emergency crew was in Rimbey, AB, some 28 minutes away.
Though Peyton may have died before help could arrive, her grieving mom didn't know it was too late for potentially life-saving intervention.
"It honestly felt like forever," Tjostheim-Dial said Monday. "I felt as though I couldn't breathe, it was like time was standing still."
Assuming she would wait 10 to 15 minutes, she kept asking the 911 dispatcher if the unit was almost there and he assured her help was close.
About 25 minutes later, an EMS unit arrived along with one from Red Deer, AB, that drove about 30 minutes, said Red Deer EMS deputy chief Greg Adair.
"You think the fact I said, 'I think my baby is dead', they would have come faster," Tjostheim-Dial said.
She said crews did their best to revive the girl in her living room and then took her to hospital, where her baby was later pronounced dead.
AHS sends its sympathies to the family and is reviewing the case, spokesman Don Stewart said.
"Alberta Health Services has done a preliminary review of the case to determine details on the emergency response," he said.
"The initial review indicated that ambulances in the immediate area were responding to three ongoing 911 calls at the time of this particular call.
"The nearest available ambulance was dispatched within one minute."
Edmonton paramedics have spoken out about long wait times they say are putting lives at risk and for another central Alberta EMS worker who requested anonymity, the delays need to stop.
"It's happening a lot, it's getting to the point where enough is enough," the worker said.
Responding all across Alberta has become more stressful to EMS workers.
"It's a degradation of service," the worker said. "We are there for the patients and this is not acceptable anymore."
Peyton's mom remembers her as a cuddly, giggly little princess.
"She was so loved and touched so many hearts in such a small time," she said.