Last week CKNW brought you the story of 29-year-old Andrew Cho.
The professional mountain biker was left paralyzed after bursting a blood vessel and had to call emergency services using his chin, tongue and Siri.
He told Global News firefighters were able to reach him 10 minutes after his call, but paramedics took around half an hour.
“If there was a higher priority call, they would have to tend to that call first. So, I’m unsure at the moment, because a spinal cord call I think is a priority call.”
Director of Patient Care Delivery for BC Emergency Health Services Joe Acker says they are reviewing this case.
“I can say that on the time of Andrew’s call, which was on January 6th, our system was experiencing significant system pressures.”
Cho has written a letter to Emergency Health Services asking about his case and how he was prioritized.
He says it might be worth to allow firefighters to transport patients to hospital if they have the ability to get there faster than paramedics.