Relatives a Manchester Arena The bombed victim was able to live off his wounds with speedy medical attention, hitting “wrong after mistake.”
John AtkinsonOn 28, 22 May 2017 he was caught in a deadly explosion while at a concert with Ariana Grande with a friend.
Public inquiries into the bombing did not go into cardiac arrest until an hour and 16 minutes after the explosion, when it was revealed that they had lost significant amounts of blood while lying in pain on the upstairs floor.
Mr Atkinson’s family rejected the apology of Operative Commander Consultant Paramedic Dan Smith Northwest Ambulance Service (NWAS)
Giving evidence at Thursday’s hearing, Mr Smith said: “I’m really sorry if any decision I made would have affected his survival.”
Sir John Saunders, who is leading the trial, told the paramedic: “If the NWAS were in place and you were able to give it, they would probably have survived if they had received that treatment sooner. That’s not the case.”
In a joint statement, his lawyer, Richard Scorer, read that Mr Atkinson’s relatives had to “prevent the bombing with proper security.”
“To compound this, John was badly let down by emergency services. He was wrong after wrong, and he was allowed to spend precious time when John needed emergency hospital treatment,” he said.
“This should never be allowed. John had so much to offer.
“We apologized to Mr. Smith from the Northwest Ambulance Service last week. We cannot accept this apology. The actions speak louder than words, and we wait to see what steps have been taken to ensure that this never happens.”
Mr Atkinson, a health worker, has been described as a kind, intelligent man who “brightens up any room he walks.”
His family said he was going to be a foster father and a caring uncle, brother and son would always put others first.
“With his untimely death, our lives have been shattered as we try to live with the huge void he used to fill,” he said.
The family thanked the people who helped him when Mr Atkinson was injured and said hearing the testimony of the kindness of strangers after the bombing was “a small glimmer of hope in our darkest moments.”
The statement applauded “Hero” Ronald Blake, a member of the public who advanced an improvised tourney on Mr Atkinson’s right leg for an hour.
Only three paramedics entered the city room at night – two of them minutes before Mr Atkinson was evacuated. He was not interrogated, evaluated or assisted by NWAS personnel at the site of the bombing.
He was on the foyer floor for 47 minutes before police pulled him over to a crash site at Manchester Victoria Station, where he lost significant amounts of blood due to leg injuries.
After more than 20 minutes – standing in queue outside an ambulance – Mr Atkinson suffered a heart attack at 11.47pm and was eventually taken to the Manchester Royal Hospital at midnight from the Arena.
A public inquiry was told that the entire trauma team of doctors was waiting for his arrival six minutes later but he could not be saved and Mr Atkinson died at 12.24pm on May 23rd.
Last week, cardiologist Dr. Paul Reese said Mr Atkinson’s “alternative management strategies” included the rapid application of medical tourniquets to his two legs and “rapid transfer to damage control rehabilitation and surgery”.
Dr. Reese said: “If he could be taken out of the scene before the cardiac arrest and given access to a wide range of blood products for the early warning trauma team, he could have survived.”
A panel of explosive wave experts believed that Mr Atkinson could survive a timely medical intervention and a tourniquet effectively on both legs.
The preliminary postmortem examination found Mr Atkinson died from the effects of blood loss from his leg injuries.
The inquiry is looking into how each of the 22 victims died and whether any inadequacies in the emergency response caused their death.
Additional reporting by PA