Doctor dismissed Perth teen’s suicidal sketches as ‘attention seeking’ before ending her life

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Kate Savage (pictured) died on July 23 after trying to end her life

Kate Savage (pictured) died on July 23 after trying to end her life

Graphical suicidal sketches of a 13-year-old girl were dismissed as ‘attention seeking’ by a doctor in a children’s hospital before she committed suicide.

Kate Savage was on her way home from an appointment with the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service when she tried to end her life on Albany Highway in Perth on July 22.

The teen sustained serious injuries, and her mother Meron made the excruciating decision a day later to cut her livelihood.

Kate had been hospitalized 10 times in the past two months for suicide attempts alone, and was under the care of child and adolescent mental health care at the time of her death.

Now it has been revealed that the teen had detailed the extent of her dark thoughts in drawings during her treatment at Perth Children’s Hospital.

In the pages of her diary, Kate drew some of the ways she could end her life, with a dark mention of ‘reasons for living’, The Western Australian reports.

She wrote down ‘mom’, ‘daddy’ and ‘grandma’, but had crossed out ‘friends’ and ‘graduation year 12’.

The teenager also sketched similar drawings on a chalkboard in her hospital room in plain view of staff, but her mother said she was released over and over again.

And shortly before her death, she warned staff about the method she eventually used to try to end her life.

Kate went to Perth Children's Hospital for suicide attempts ten times in the months leading up to her death, but was repeatedly fired

Kate went to Perth Children's Hospital for suicide attempts ten times in the months leading up to her death, but was repeatedly fired

Kate went to Perth Children’s Hospital for suicide attempts ten times in the months leading up to her death, but was repeatedly fired

Ms. Savage said a doctor told her that her daughter was simply seeking “attention,” and that she believes her daughter would still be alive if overworked staff took her daughter seriously.

“They said she didn’t really intend to kill herself,” she said.

“Each time she was fired, she’d made another attempt within a day.

They assured us she wasn’t really suicidal. Kate deserved better. ‘

The revelation comes as the controversial hospital faces criticism after seven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath died after waiting two hours in the emergency department for treatment.

Her parents said repeated requests to see their feverish daughter were ignored, and she died of sepsis shortly after being seen by medical staff. An external investigation has been launched into Aishwarya’s death.

Ms. Savage said the incident reminded her of her own experience with the hospital, claiming staff also ignored her concerns about Kate.

The devastated mother said parents know their children best and doctors should be listened to when their child is seriously ill. She has requested that Kate’s case be included in the probe in PCH.

A report found that Kate’s situation quickly escalated, with eight attendees in PCH’s emergency department and six admissions between June 3 and July 17.

Each time, she was admitted to a ward for a few days before the medical teams decided she could leave.

Meron Savage made the unbearable decision to take out her daughter Kate's livelihoods

Meron Savage made the unbearable decision to take out her daughter Kate's livelihoods

Meron Savage made the unbearable decision to take out her daughter Kate’s livelihoods

She was referred to an intensive program, but would not start until September 2020.

Recalling the last time she saw her conscious daughter, Ms. Savage said that Kate seemed “very happy” after the appointment and stopped at the highway to smile back at her parents and sister.

Ms. Savage believes that mental health services in Perth have failed her daughter.

“ She was so seriously suicidal by then that she was trying to kill her life all the time – everything, everything, constantly, ” she said earlier.

‘The crisis was never over. She would come home and make one more attempt. ‘

The chief psychiatrist of Western Australia independently assessed Kate’s dealings with the state’s mental health system WA today reported.

The review focused on the clinical care Kate received and how to improve mental health care for young Australians, said Health Minister Roger Cook.

Ms. Savage was not satisfied with the assessment and is now considering suing the hospital.

Ms. Savage has vowed to fight for a change in the system in Kate’s honor after her death.

For confidential assistance, call Lifeline 13 11 14, BeyondBlue 1300 22 4636 or Kids Helpline 1800 55 1800

Pictured: Police on site.  Kate was hit on Albany Highway in Perth

Pictured: Police on site.  Kate was hit on Albany Highway in Perth

Pictured: Police on site. Kate was hit on Albany Highway in Perth

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