The failings of a paramedic “contributed” to the death of a man from meningitis after he waited six hours for an ambulance, a senior coroner said. Mthuthuzeli Mpongwana, 38, died in hospital two days after his wife, Lisa Armitage, 28, called the medical advice number 111 at 10.30pm on January 5. A call handler told Ms Armitage her husband may have meningitis after hearing he was suffering from a headache, sore neck, fever and struggled to look at light.