The girl died after being left in the waiting room of Perth Children’s Hospital for two hours

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Girl, 7, who died in hospital waiting room while her shocked parents pleaded for help before TWO HOURS was ‘abandoned’, health boss finally admits as her cause of death is revealed

  • Aishwarya Aswath, 7, spent two hours waiting in the emergency room at Perth Children’s Hospital
  • Her parents had begged her to be judged after her eyes went cloudy
  • Health Minister Roger Cook said it appeared that Aishwarya had died of sepsis
  • He said the family ‘deserved better’ and ‘didn’t get the help they asked for’

Aishwarya’s parents had begged to be evaluated by doctors after her eyes went cloudy and her hands turned cold

A young girl who died after being left in a hospital waiting room for two hours was “ abandoned, ” authorities have admitted.

Aishwarya Aswath, 7, was waiting for two hours in the emergency department of Perth Children’s Hospital after running a fever and being placed in the second least urgent category over Easter weekend.

Aishwarya’s parents had begged to be evaluated by doctors after her eyes went cloudy and her hands turned cold.

She died soon after she was finally seen.

The incident was investigated by Western Australia’s Child and Adolescent Health Service (CAHS) and the report was delivered to Aishwarya’s parents on Wednesday.

Health Minister Roger Cook said it appeared that Aishwarya had died of sepsis after contracting an infection linked to group A streptococci.

He said the family had been “abandoned,” “deserved better,” “not getting the help they asked for.”

Mr Cook described the report as ‘confrontational and extremely poignant’ and said it was clear that Aishwarya and her parents should have received better care.

“They didn’t get the help they asked for,” he told parliament.

“I apologize unconditionally for this failure and for the heartbreak and devastation Aishwarya’s death has caused her family and her community.”

Aishwarya's death followed months of concerns about understaffing, treatment delays and record number of ambulances in Perth hospitals

Aishwarya’s death followed months of concerns about understaffing, treatment delays and record number of ambulances in Perth hospitals

Health Minister Roger Cook said the report makes it clear that 'Aishwarya and her parents should have received better care.  They didn't get the help they asked for '

Health Minister Roger Cook said the report makes it clear that ‘Aishwarya and her parents should have received better care. They didn’t get the help they asked for ‘

Aishwarya Aswath waited two hours in the emergency department of Perth Children's Hospital after running a fever and undergoing triage in the second least urgent category

Aishwarya Aswath waited two hours in the emergency department of Perth Children’s Hospital after running a fever and undergoing triage in the second least urgent category

Mr Cook said the report contains 11 recommendations, all of which the government has agreed to implement at PCH within the next six months.

The report makes it clear that Aishwarya and her parents should have received better care. They didn’t get the help they asked for, ”he said.

“I’ll do everything I can to make sure it never happens again.”

They include improvements in triage process policies and staff training, improved clinical supervision, and the development of a ‘clear path’ for parents to communicate concerns to staff.

The report also recommends the development of an established sepsis recognition diagnostic tool and a workforce awareness evaluation of culturally and linguistically diverse communities.

Aishwarya’s death followed months of concerns about understaffing, treatment delays and record numbers of ambulances in Perth hospitals.

Four emergency doctors were ill that evening.

Mr. Cook has ordered an independent investigation into PCH’s emergency department, in line with one of the other recommendations.

Health Minister Roger Cook said the family was 'abandoned', 'deserved better' and 'not getting the help they asked for'

Health Minister Roger Cook said the family was ‘abandoned’, ‘deserved better’ and ‘not getting the help they asked for’

“This independent investigation will include all cases of specific concern identified by Aishwarya’s family,” he said.

“The Perth Children’s Hospital remains a leading hospital that performs objectively well in terms of safety and quality.”

Labor last week used its parliamentary majority to block calls for an independent investigation into Aishwarya’s death sought by her parents.

The grieving couple went on a hunger strike outside the hospital earlier this month out of frustration at waiting for answers.

Mr. Cook said the CAHS investigation involved a panel of ten people, four of whom were independent.

The McGowan administration has promised a significant expansion of its emergency departments and the hiring of additional staff.

Opposition leader Mia Davies said last week that WA’s health system was ‘at the seams’.

“It is a total tragedy when we know that the family was exactly where they needed to be to seek help for their child,” she said.

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