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Husband: Wife Waits 30 Hours For Ambulance In NYC

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Many roads remained unplowed in Brooklyn. (credit: Sameh Abdelazim)

Many roads remained unplowed in Brooklyn. (credit: Sameh Abdelazim)

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NEW YORK (AP) – Annie O’Daly’s husband said she had to wait more than 30 hours for help after falling and breaking her ankle at her Brooklyn home.

Hers was just one of hundreds of 911 calls that piled up unresolved as the blizzard that hit New York City stranded ambulances.

O’Daly’s husband, Jim Leonhardt, described her ordeal, saying she spent the hours after her Sunday night fall lying on her floor, pale-faced and screaming in agony whenever anyone tried to move her leg or adjust a pillow.

An ambulance didn’t arrive until 2:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Fire officials could not confirm the specifics of Leonhardt’s account, but said some people may have experienced significant delays as emergency responders focused on the most serious cases.

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