Full Extent Of Melbourne's 'Thunderstorm Asthma' Revealed
Two people have died, and at least 30 people are currently in intensive care, following an extraordinary epidemic of ‘thunderstorm asthma’.
Twenty-year-old law student Hope Carnevali died on the front lawn of her home after she and her family waited for more than 30 minutes for an ambulance.
Omar Moujalled, a high school student from Greenvale, also did not make the hospital. The 18-year-old died at a doctors surgery just days from his year 12 graduation.
A spokesman for Ambulance Victoria said it was aware of two cases "where patients with respiratory symptoms were unable to be revived by paramedic crews".
He said in one case it took the ambulance 31 minutes to arrive and in the other, the other ambulance arrived within 15 minutes - but was still too late.
"Our thoughts are with the families of those patients. We will carry out a full clinical review into these cases," he said.
Health minister Jill Hennessy has ordered a review of the situation after hospitals struggled to cope as 1,000 people seemed help.