1. Death of “beautiful and perfectly formed baby boy” during his “high risk” home birth was preventable coroner finds.
A coronial hearing in the NSW town of Lismore investigating the circumstances surrounding an unsupervised home birth near Nimbin last year that resulted in the death of a newborn boy has found his death could have been prevented.
The baby’s parents went ahead with his home birth despite knowing he was in a transverse or “sideways” position after a scan.
The baby died from brain damage three days after his birth.
“Their pre-existing views made them willfully blind to the level of risk involved,” said Deputy State Coroner Harriet Grahame on Wednesday.
“All the medical evidence suggests that (his) death was preventable, if he had been birthed in an appropriate hospital setting.”
The coroner said that in December 2014 a local GP gave the couple a strong warning about their birth plans, but the father “believed that he was choosing the safer option and protecting his unborn child from the fear, dogma and illusion prevalent in the hospital system.”
“At no point during the labour was the ambulance called … going to the hospital wasn’t an option as they wanted a homebirth,” she said.
The ABC reports that there were other risk factors identified prior to the birth, including the transverse position of the foetus and the mother testing positive to Hepatitis C.
In her inquest findings, Ms Grahame stressed the “rights of women” to decide how they will give birth. She recommended that the Royal Australasian College of General Practitioners consider developing guidelines to help GPs in advising patients who request non-hospital births.
2. Video of “brutal” 9-year-old rugby league player causes controversy.
A video of a young boy, aged just nine, who ploughs through other players at an under nine’s rugby league grand final in Canberra over the weekend has gone viral – with the boy, Meaalofa ‘Rayson’ Te’o being called “The next Jonah Lomu.”
But the video is today under scrutiny after it was revealed that some of the other players he pushed out of his way as he dominates the game were left “twitching” and “limping”.
One child being sent into violent spasms.
Meaalofa ‘Rayson’ Te’o, 9, from Dandenong in Victoria literally ploughs down the other smaller players.
The video is igniting controversy with some saying it shows how junior rugby league needs to have weight class divisions.
But the boy’s aunt has defended Meaalofa saying he had done nothing wrong.
“When you watch the footage, you will see that Meaalofa never fends when he doesn’t have to,” she told The Daily Mail.
“He is the type of player who will check to see if the boy is alright when he knows that the boy could be hurt. He has good sportsmanship and is never a bully on the field, he just does his job as a prop.”