The only problem is this didn't happen in Canada, or the UK or France, or Australia... it happened here in the US. And problems like this are all too frequent. ER Death Points to Growing Wait-Time Problem - ABC News With notoriously crowded U.S. emergency rooms, chances are most American families have a story of someone waiting. It could have been half a day for a sore throat or perhaps hours for stitches or a sprained ankle. But for 58-year-old Michael Herrara of Dallas help never came. He died of a heart attack last week an estimated 19 hours after he arrived at Parkland Memorial Hospital's emergency room waiting room complaining of severe stomach pains, according to reports from WFAA News in Dallas. Members of the Herrera family said they know they aren't alone in facing dangerously long emergency room waiting times in this country. Emergency physicians say the problem is getting worse. "He's not here because they let him die, pretty much," Edward Marquez, Herrara's nephew, told WFAA.