An eight-year-old boy died after paramedics took him to an A&E department 21 miles from his home – despite him living just TWO MINUTES away from a hospital. Tragic Callum Cartlidge passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest, just days after being diagnosed with tonsillitis and a stomach ache.

His distraught mum wrote on Facebook: “RIP my darling son Callum. Words cannot describe how we are all feeling. I love you so much son, fly high baby boy I will see you again I promise. Goodnight darling.” Callum first went to see his GP last Tuesday when he was diagnosed with tonsillitis and a stomach ache. Paramedics were then called after Callum suffered a cardiac arrest a day later at his home in Redditch,Worcestershire, at 3.25pm on Friday.

His parents said ambulance staff asked to take him to the Alexandra Hospital just 1.9 miles away from the family home. But instead they were sent to Worcestershire Royal Hospital – 21 MILES away in Worcester. The paramedics managed to get Callum to the A&E department in 23 minutes but sadly nothing could be done to save the youngster.