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A MUM died in agony and unable to breath while waiting two hours for an ambulance to arrive, her heartbroken daughter has said.

Victoria Louisa Maame Yamphet, 40, died at home in Dagenham, east London, in front of her two young daughters after complaining of severe stomach pains.

Recalling the tragic day, Victoria's daughter Emmanuela, 18 said:  "I put her in a recovery position, I did CPR on her and I called the ambulance screaming and crying for them to get here quicker. "

Victoria had been suffering with a bad case of the flu and on January 10 the condition rapidly deteriorated.

"My mum complained about her ribs and belly hurting, I offered to call an ambulance because she isn't really a sick person and I knew it was bad," Emmanuela told MailOnline.

The next day, thousands of ambulance workers across the country were set to strike over poor pay and staffing levels.

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The daughter was initially told the ambulance was six to ten minutes away, but 20 minutes later there was still no sign of it.

She called again and was told there was an hour wait for medics to come out.

The worried daughter told the call handler that she couldn't wait that long and said she had felt distressed.

An hour after her first call, she was told a taxi would be sent to her house to take her mother to the hospital.  

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"Before the taxi got to us, her pain got worse and she just stopped breathing in front of me and my little sister," Emmanuela said. 

After performing CPR on her Mum, Emmanuela called 999 one final time in a desperate plea.

When they came, they did everything they could but it was a bit too late, she said.

Emmanuela said that because her mother was left for an hour and 45 minutes to be in pain she didn't make it. 

"She suffered from cardiac arrest due to her not being able to breathe properly," the 18-year-old explained on the GoFundMe page.

Maame, the name she went by, worked as a support worker for over 20 years.

Her daughter said: "It's very unfair, my mum was a support worker, she always looked after people, but when it was her turn, she wasn't taken care of."

On top of the tragedy, she said her and her sister were left with the body of their dead mother for over six hours.

She recalled how her little sister was on the floor next to her mum the whole time.

She was crying, shaking her and trying to wake her up, she said.

Their father, who works in the NHS, rushed home to his partner and children and when he was told his partner "didn't make it, he literally started breaking down", his daughter said.

Thousands of ambulance workers are to stage fresh strikes in the coming weeks.

The GMB said more than 10,000 of its members, including paramedics, emergency care assistants, call handlers and other staff, will walk out on February 6 and 20, and March 6 and 20.

The cause of Victoria's death is yet to be determined.

But in the meantime, her family have set up a fundraising page for the funeral.

They have a goal of £20,000 in order to pay for costs.

In a statement, Dr Fenella Wrigley, Chief Medical Officer for London Ambulance Service, said: "We are deeply sorry for the delay in responding to Mrs Yamphet.

"We are investigating our response to this 999 call and the care provided, and as part of this thorough review, will contact Mrs Yamphet's family to understand the circumstances of this incident.

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"On behalf of London Ambulance Service, I offer my sincere condolences to the family and loved ones of Mrs Yamphet."

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