Thirteen-year-old Louis Tate lived a normal life, despite being severely allergic to milk, nuts and eggs.
“It was very easy for us, Louis did live a normal life,” his mother Gabrielle Catan told a Melbourne inquest yesterday, ABC reports. “He always had an EpiPen, and had an anaphylaxis action plan”.
He knew how to manage his allergies at school, while visiting friends’ houses, while catching the bus around Melbourne’s city. He knew the drill.
It was his asthma, however, that landed him in Melbourne’s Frankston Hospital on October 22, 2015. He’d had an attack and doctors wanted to keep him overnight for observation.
He thought he was safe in the hospital. So too did his parents, Catlan and Simon Tate.
“He was in hospital, at a place where he should have been safe,” Tate said. “Yet, despite us providing clear and concise communications about his food allergies, he died.”
Now, the inquest into his death is being held at the Coroners Court of Victoria. It’s expect to last three days.
On the morning of October 23, 2015, Louis woke up in hospital - his mum had gone home in the middle of the night, after sitting with him as he fell asleep.
For breakfast, Louis reportedly asked for Weetbix, a glass of water and soy milk. "I didn't feel I had to say anaphylaxis was a life-threatening condition," Catlan told the coronial inquest yesterday, Seven News reports.
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She said she called the hospital soon after breakfast was over to see how Louis was doing. The nurse told her he was complaining of a tingling in his mouth, the inquest heard.