John Mayock believed his wife Deborah was showing signs of internal bleeding when he drove her to the emergency department at Gold Coast University Hospital, parking his car and quickly ushering her inside.
His wife was reportedly treated throughout the night and the weekend, with Mr Mayock remaining by her side. "I wouldn't have left her for a minute with anybody," he told 9 News.
After the ordeal, Mr Mayock returned to his car to discover the almost $300 fine and immediately appealed it. "I was just shattered, I thought this was the kick in the teeth I don't need," he said. "I think they should be ashamed of themselves."
"I had no option," he continued, speaking on the urgency in which the pair approached the hospital. Mr Mayock parked his car in a one-hour parking zone, where his car remained for over four hours.
Pensioner appealing for a refund of the fine
This is the ninth time Mrs Mayock has been in hospital over a period of three years, with Mr Mayock believing authorities should refund him the money given the circumstances, however, they have denied his appeal.
"They said 'oh we're sorry for the delay, at this point we cannot waive the fine'."
The Health Department have said Mr Mayock can appeal the fine on compassionate grounds, 9 News reports.
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