1. Parents issue warning after 2-year-old son died following five doctor visits.
When two-year-old Lachlan Black was admitted to Melbourne's Monash Medical Centre at 1pm on August 17, 2014, he'd already seen five doctors in five days.
His parents say he'd been taken to the hospital three times, after coming down with a fever and a rash, and visited a GP twice. No one could determine what was wrong with him, according to Channel 7. The little boy died in the early hours of the following morning.
Now, Tim and Angela Black are warning parents to trust their instincts, after a coronial inquest into Lachlan's death has been given the go-ahead by the Coroner's Court.
"We've argued at the Coroner's Court that had antibiotics been given to Lachlan earlier in the day then he wouldn't have died and his death was preventable," Lawyer Kathryn Booth told Channel 7.
According to reports from News Corp, Lachlan wasn't given intravenous antibiotics until 10:30pm on the night of the 17th - nine hours after he was admitted to the hospital that afternoon. He died from septicaemia just hours later.
"He suffered in hospital and we had to see that, he should not have had to go through that, and we have to live with that for the rest of our lives," Angela told Channel 7. "He died a third-world death in a first-world country."
The couple's warning to other parents is to not back down when it comes to dealing with doctors.
"If you are worried, just follow what your instincts tell you," Tim, Lachlan's father, said. "Act soon and act first, worry about people's opinions later; the other way the price is too high."
The inquest will begin in July, News Corp reports, with Coroner Rosemary Carlin leading the investigation.
"The particular aspect of interest is when should antibiotics have been commenced, according to the evidence of Dr Raftos (an emergency medicine expert) it should have been at 2pm not long after the child was presented," Ms Carlin told a directions hearing for the inquest, News Corp reports. "There would come a time when antibiotics would have been too late."