By SHAUNA ANDERSON
He weighed more than twice the average weight for a 10-year old boy.
His mother couldn’t even make her bed without a hit of ice.
This 10-year old boy never stood a chance.
In yet another heartbreaking example of how chronically our system fails many children an innocent 10-year old boy has died.
Killed, according to the Coroner, by neglect.
The heartbreaking story has promoted the NSW coroner to call for changes to health policies and an establishment of a specialised weight management unit for children.
Fairfax Media reports that the boy referred to by the Coroner as “AA”, was declared brain dead in 2010 after a cardiac arrest that was a direct result of his obesity.
The boy’s sleep apnonea causing the heart failure.
Coroner Elaine Truscott who handed down her findings on AA’s death said that the young boy’s parents were both chronic drug abusers – having spent more than a decade on the methadone program and his mother was addicted to amphetamines.
News Limited have reported that AA’s mother could not perform even the most basic household task without a hit of ice or amphetamines.
The Coroner said that the boy’s parents had been told that if he did not lose weight he would die.
However they ignored these warnings and continued to feed him a diet of junk food, and repeatedly skipped medical appointments.
The coroner reported that his mother instead of acting, intead of following advice, repeatedly told authorities it was none of their business.