A woman who allegedly died of sepsis after implanting plastic snowflakes in her skin appeared “terrifying” the day before her death, and the court said it was unlikely that the two doctors would miss signs of serious illness. heard.
Remodeling artist Brendan Lee Russell is being tried in New South Wales court for manslaughter of a woman and faces allegations that his work with a snowflake caused a fatal infection. doing.
On Thursday, infectious disease expert David Patterson told the court that a woman’s hands were undoubtedly infected, but there remains a lot of gray areas about whether sepsis caused her death. rice field.
She was found dead by her young daughter just hours after the woman talked to her neighbor. The neighbor explained that he inflated his hand three times its size.
Russell, who was running a remodeling business at a shopping center on the Central Coast, pleaded not guilty to manslaughter.
He does not deny the procedure, but rejects the claim that his work caused her death.
Professor Patterson, a defense witness, said it would be surprising if a woman suffered from sepsis because she was walking or talking the day before her death.
He told the Downing Center District Court that death from sepsis is a long process and can cause other medical conditions.
The woman met two doctors within 24 hours of her death, but the court heard that it had nothing to do with her hands.
She sought relief from the pain associated with chronic migraine headaches that she had suffered for several years.
Professor Patterson said it is unlikely that two separate doctors who saw her would have missed the “danger signal” of a serious infection if she was “really ill.”
“For me, if this person was really, really ill on the 11th, there would have been some warning signs that would have surfaced, even if it wasn’t the purpose of the consultation,” he said. Told.
“This is not a situation where a person just falls and dies.
“She may have died of sepsis. I certainly don’t deny it, but I think it’s a cloudy situation with lots of gray.”
Prosecutor Chris Taylor asked Professor Patterson if he could hesitate to cause symptoms associated with “illegal” procedures.
Witnesses said they couldn’t comment on it, but said that if it was causing pain, a “reasonable” person would have mentioned her hand.
The court had previously heard from several witnesses who stated that women’s hands were heavily bleeding, swollen, bruised and appearing to be infected.
Her neighbor said the woman looked exhausted and confused when they spoke on April 11.
The court also told her friends and family that she had been in severe pain for several days and believed that her hands were infected.
Witnesses also testified that if Mr. Russell was afraid of police attention and suffered from the side effects of his treatment, he would discourage clients from seeking medical treatment.
He denies those claims.
Russell is also being tried for causing female genital mutilation and serious physical harm in connection with the procedures performed on two other women.
The trial will continue.
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