In October 2013 six-month old Kyran Day was in Shoalhaven Hospital with suspected gastroenteritis. With his worried parents, Naomi and Grant and grandparents by his side they were desperate to get answers, but staff at the hospital told them the doctor had “more urgent cases”.
Three days after being admitted to Shoalhaven Hospital Kyran died.
His parents say his death was because the “health system couldn’t do there[sic] job and look after our son.”
Kyran was initially diagnosed with gastroenteritis at 7pm on October 19 but was actually suffering from a bowel obstruction.
An inquest is examining the role of the Shoalhaven Hospital and its staff, the Newborn Emergency Transport Service and NSW Ambulance into the death of the six-month-old boy.
The Daily Telegraph reports that the inquest heard that on the morning of October 20, Dr Toby Greenacre did not re-examine Kyran until 10.30am because he had “more urgent cases”.
It was up to Kyran’s grandmother to urge the doctor to check on her grandson. He then noticed that the condition of the six-month-old “had clearly changed”.
Three days after being admitted to Shoalhaven Hospital Kyran died. Via Facebook.
At 10.45am on October 20 the hospital decided that the baby needed transporting to Sydney Children’s 150km away. But the decision was made to transport him via road instead of air, four hours later he had still not left the hospital.
The inquest heard the first ambulance dispatched was called off so its crew "could have lunch" and a second ambulance was delayed because they already had a patient and then they also needed to eat before the drive to Sydney.
Yet still four hours later Kyran was at Shoalhaven Hospital.