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Family: Ambulance didn't arrive after desperate 911 call to help baby

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When people call for an ambulance, they expect to hear, 'we're on our way,' but that was not what one Ray County family heard Thursday. When people call for an ambulance, they expect to hear, 'we're on our way,' but that was not what one Ray County family heard Thursday.
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When a baby stopped breathing, his father frantically performed CPR, all while mom made a desperate call to 911, but confusion had the ambulance leaving without a patient.

When people call for an ambulance, they expect to hear, "we're on our way," but that was not what one Ray County family heard Thursday.

"If this happens again, we are going to lose somebody's life over it," said Dennis Peterson, who was fired up when he addressed the Ray County Commission.

His property is where the 911 call came from.

"He kept going on about having to have an address," Brice Wibberg said.

Wibberg was bailing hay when his wife came over with their 1-year-old son to deliver dinner. That was when the boy suddenly stopped breathing.

"Eyes rolled back in his head. She comes running down the field on the phone with 911, and they're giving her a hard time about finding where she is at," Wibberg said.

Wibberg said the dispatcher's insistence on something more than an intersection had him worried no ambulance would come.

"I think one thing that was missing in that call was that reassurance that we do have two ambulances on the way there," Ray County 911 Executive Director Nathan Preston said.

Dispatch records prove the county did send help - two ambulances, a fire truck and even a helicopter with a delay of less than 30 seconds to sort out the location.

The chief of the ambulance district said the first unit arrived in six minutes, but no one was there. That was because Wibberg got worried and drove his son to the hospital himself.

Doctors say they don't know why the child stopped breathing, but he is now at home recovering.

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