Silvano Landi is a successful writer who, at the age of 50, sees his family leave him and his life fall apart. Landi's great-grandfather, Mauro, is an anxious soldier being fed to the maw of carnage in the First World War. . . .
A widower says he will " never get over" the death of his wife after she Waited For seven hours in a " freezing cold" ambulance outside a hospital.
Alison Drewett, 64, was taken to the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Harlow, Essex, on 7 November after experiencing a seizure.
A hospital spokeswoman said the case would be investigated.
Mr Drewett said a paramedic attended their home in Takeley, near Stansted, when she became ill, but The Ambulance arrived much later.
A spokesman for The East of England Ambulance Service (EEAS) said it had been experiencing " extremely high demand".
" It was horrendous, " Mr Drewett said.
" She was lying on The Floor and I was trying to reassure her that she's OK but when you're waiting that Time - All That Time - I'll never know if she'd have had a better chance had she been got to quicker. "
" They just kept saying 'we'll get you in soon', " He Said , " but they never did. "
It was not until his wife had another seizure close to midnight that she was admitted, He Said .
Sharon McNally, director of nursing and midwifery at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, offered her condolences to Mr Drewett.
The EEAS spokesman added: " At The Time we received The Call we were experiencing an extremely high demand for our services and had to divert two rapid response vehicles and two ambulances to immediately life-threatening emergencies before we were able to attend The Scene .
" The health and care system remains under significant pressure, both locally and nationally, and We Are working with partner organisations across health and social care to reduce handover delays and the impact that they have on patients. "