The results of an independent investigation into the tragic death of a 7-year-old girl were finally shared with her family.
The parents of a seven-year-old girl who died in the hospital received an independent report of the tragedy months later than expected.
Aishwarya Aswath had a fever on Good Friday and was taken to Perth Children’s Hospital the next day, but had to wait about two hours in the emergency department before receiving treatment.
She died shortly after a bacterial infection.
The internal report made 11 recommendations, including improved triage processes, clear ways for parents to escalate their concerns, and a review of staff cultural awareness.
However, her devastated parents Asthath Chavittupara and Prasitha Sasidharan requested an independent investigation.
The study was released in May, and Health Minister Roger Cook said it was expected to take 10 weeks to complete. It’s been about 25 weeks now.
The state government will submit a report to Congress on Tuesday.
Family spokesman Suresh Rajan said he received a copy of the report late Monday.
“After months of meetings, an external panel report on the issues surrounding Aishwarya’s death was handed to us (family and me) this afternoon,” he wrote on social media.
“The family says we want to worry about all this information, and we need to figure out what will happen in Congress tomorrow.
“Then we’ll let you know our response. We got the report for a short time.”
An independent study by the Australian Commission on Healthcare Safety and Quality focused on the specific factors that contributed to Aishwarya’s death in April.
It also looked at hospital clinical governance, risks, and approaches to adverse events, and investigated the roles of clinicians, management, and executives, and the escalation of issues to the Adolescent Health Services Commission.
“Surveys cannot mitigate the losses suffered by Aishwarya’s family and the distress of the staff involved, but it is imperative that all of us get answers,” Cook said at the time.
“The ultimate goal of everyone is to learn from this tragic event, not only to celebrate Aishwarya’s memory, but also to restore public confidence in our flagship children’s hospital.”
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