Grieving Mum wants apology..

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 11:23am
lisa from Australia's picture
Joined: 04/02/2002 - 09:00

This is an article about an inquest into to the death of a young boy after his kinder teachers failed to correctly administer life saving epi pen.
(I hope link works.)

Posted on: Mon, 03/26/2007 - 11:32am
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Another version of this story...
PM - Inquest into peanut allergy death
PM - Monday, 26 March , 2007 18:40:28
Reporter: Jane Cowan
MARK COLVIN: They say there's nothing worse than outliving your child, but that's a fate a Melbourne couple have faced since their small son died three years ago, apparently from a severe reaction to peanuts.
Alex Baptist was at a suburban kindergarten when he collapsed and couldn't be revived.
Ever since then his parents, Martha and Nigel, have been pushing for a coronial inquest to determine whether and how, he was exposed to the nuts that brought on his fatal allergy.
Today they got their wish.
Our reporter Jane Cowan was in court for PM.
JANE COWAN: It's perhaps a measure of how much Martha Baptist's life has changed since her son's death that the start of his coronial inquest today brought some measure of happiness and relief.
MARTHA BAPTIST: Oh look, we feel the inquest is just so important. And I suppose it will be an end of it

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 10:09am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

How sad, and so preventable. I can't help but think that this is going to fuel the "false sense of security" line that gets thrown around whenever there is a discussion about eliminating nuts from the classroom.
I would also want to know how that woman can live with herself if in fact she brought a peanutbutter sandwich in to a "nut-free classroom. Scares the ^($@&% out of me to think that there are people like her out there.
[This message has been edited by katiee (edited March 28, 2007).]

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 11:04pm
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

I think the lady who brought PB in the nut free classroom should be charged with murder and sent away.
I am sick of these eye-rollin' freaks who put our kids at risk.
If the court refuses, then the parents should find a way to make her pay for their child's death. Sorry, but I do. Their child's dead body cries out for justice.
Stupid woman.

Posted on: Wed, 03/28/2007 - 11:26pm
anonymous's picture
Joined: 05/28/2009 - 16:42

Quote:Originally posted by Christabelle:
[b]I think the lady who brought PB in the nut free classroom should be charged with murder and sent away.
I know it's Australia, therefore there are differences in the laws. But here in the US, an option would be manslaughter, but probably not murder (murder requires intent to kill). And I agree that whatever is the equivalent in Australia should be brought against that woman.

Posted on: Thu, 03/29/2007 - 12:06am
momll70's picture
Joined: 09/26/2006 - 09:00

Maybe if they came out with a law about not bringing PB if it is banned from school (to consider this a threat to the allergic child) then people would think twice about the consequences for them, since we already know that they don't believe the severity of the allergy.
This woman has to live with in it her conscience for the rest of her life. Unfortunately, it takes someone's life for people to open their eyes. It's so sad.
[This message has been edited by momll70 (edited March 29, 2007).]

Posted on: Sun, 04/01/2007 - 4:15am
saknjmom's picture
Joined: 04/02/2003 - 09:00

How can you in good conscience leave a 4 year old there to die? How could you not use that other epi pen?
What kind of conscience does someone have when they don't do something life saving to save their own butt?
I know this situation will be highly debated since we've been talking about bans lately. But, the ban was obviously not enforced. It didn't appear that there was a false sense of security...there were epi pens there and the teacher recognized the reaction. She just flubbed with the Epi pen and decided not to use the other child's.
Maybe she was worried that the other child could also have a reaction at this time, I don't know her rationale.
So sad, so senseless...

Posted on: Thu, 04/05/2007 - 12:13pm
2BusyBoys's picture
Joined: 09/03/2004 - 09:00

Helper denies peanut claimKate Uebergang
April 06, 2007 12:00am
A WOMAN denied bringing a peanut butter sandwich to a nut-free kindergarten the day a four-year-old pupil died.
Angela Berry told an inquest yesterday the sandwich had Vegemite and suggestions otherwise were "malicious and untrue".
She said she brought the snack for her toddler, Alicia, when she volunteered to help at Cheltenham's Evesham Rd Pre-school the day Alex Baptist collapsed and died in September 2004.
"I would never even contemplate taking anything into the kinder that contained peanuts let alone a peanut butter sandwich," Mrs Berry said in a statement tendered to court.
"When I got home the sandwich was still wrapped up and of course it was a Vegemite sandwich."
Alex, who had a severe nut allergy, most likely died from either an allergic reaction or a cardiac arrhythmia, the Coroner's Court heard earlier.
Helen Garard and Megan Murray earlier testified that Mrs Berry confided she'd brought a peanut butter sandwich for her daughter on the day of the tragedy.
Mrs Garard told the court Mrs Berry asked her not to tell anyone about the peanut butter.
Yesterday Mrs Berry said she had spoken to the two women after Alex's death but denied telling them the sandwich had peanut butter.
Mrs Berry said Alicia sat at a separate table from the older children and ate crackers, leaving the sandwich wrapped.
Coroner Audrey Jamieson rejected Mrs Berry's request to be excused from testifying, saying Alex's parents had received conflicting accounts of the presence of an allergen in the preschool. The inquest continues on May 7.

Posted on: Fri, 04/06/2007 - 6:31am
Christabelle's picture
Joined: 10/03/2004 - 09:00

It sounds to me that Ms. Angela Berry is running scared now. I wonder how many of these people are rolling their eyes NOW?
It's so senseless, it just really ticks me off.

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