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Baby boy dies after his brain was starved of oxygen following poor medical care.

Kyran Day was only six months old when he was admitted to Shoalhaven Hospital on the south coast of NSW on the night of October 19, 2013 where he was allegedly misdiagnosed with gastroenteritis, The Daily Telegraph reported.

By the time doctor’s formally diagnosed him with a bowel obstruction and he was rushed to Sydney Children’s Hospital to undergo surgery, the toddler had suffered several cardiac arrests.

His parents Naomi and Grant Day have spoken of their devastation following the death of their son, saying they want justice.

‘This is our 3rd year now and it’s been hell but we will keep going until we have answers and justice for Kyran James day,’ Mrs Day wrote on Facebook.

Mr Day said: ‘We will fight and continue to fight for change and Kyran’s legacy for all the babies, children and parents without a voice.’

Daily Mail reports, The coronial inquest heard Dr Toby Greenacre refused to re-examine Kyran because he had ‘more urgent cases’ and two ambulances were delayed as emergency crews were on their lunch break.

After waiting four hours for an ambulance, the family were finally airlifted to Sydney but three days after he was first admitted, the young boy died from oxygen starvation.

The two-week inquest will examine Shoalhaven Hospital staff who were involved in the case, including a paediatrician, two nurses, Newborn Emergency Transport Service and NSW Ambulance.

It will investigate the communication between staff members, why a rescue helicopter was rejected, the handover from the hospital to paramedics and why a nurse did not direct an ambulance.

UPDATE 4 May

Doctor defends his care of little Kyran

Dr Greenacre has told an inquest today he believed only a very small proportion of babies presenting with similar symptoms to Kyran, which included vomiting and dehydration, would have had something other than gastroenteritis.

9 news reports, he stated that the senior nurses who also treated Kyran had acted within the guidelines for treatment of his symptoms, but highlighted the busy nature of Shoalhaven Hospital’s children’s ward.

“I might say that if there had been no other patients in the hospital I would have spent the entire time caring for Kyran,” he told the inquest.

Dr Greenacre apologised to the parents Naomi and Grant Day, saying he was sorry they had to witness their child suffering in his final days.

“You are not alone in your grief,” Dr Greenacre said in a prepared statement.

“Kyran has been and will continue to be in my mind every day. I will never reconcile to his death.”

9 News reports, Dr Greenacre also expressed concern at delays to organise Kyran to be transferred to a Sydney hospital, but he admitted he could have been more proactive in ensuring an ambulance was organised as soon as possible.

We wish the family all the strength to get through this long process.

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  • Horrible thing to have to go through – but I guess, doctors are human too and if they are trying to attend to multiple problems then it is possible that something that seems to be minor could fall under the screen. I wish that everything could be done for everyone in this world, but sadly we don’t live in a perfect world.

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  • I am really sorry for your loss :(

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  • So heartbreaking! I hope the parents get some answers and can finally have closure.

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  • So heartbreaking I wish I could do something!

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  • Hi I’m Kyrans mum Naomi day thank you for all your support and love we are still at the inquest as it doesn’t finish until this Thursday , honestly every person who had anything to do with Kyran stuff up except for Sydney children hospital we will fight until we have answers as hard as this is and it’s bloody hard we will do what it takes so this never happens to any other child #RAISEYOURHAND
    follow Kyrans story on fb – Kyran day xxx

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  • I really blame the doctor. He could have communicated much better with nurses. Ambulance staff, the helicopter, and the parents.

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  • Poor little man x RIP sweety x

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  • Such a sad story would love to know all the facts about this case. No matter what this does not change this loss for this family.


    • You are right, unbelievably sad and unimaginable. I hope they have many supports in place.

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  • That is outrageous. Paramedics literally wear two way radios during their shifts. I know some Paramedics in SA who grab meals when they can. They don’t always have their meals on time. If they go into Emergency the often grab food to eat on the run. The one that is the passenger eats while they are travelling to the next job if necessary. Some alternate between driving and treating the patient – between pick-ups. I know 3 individuals and they have all told me the same thing. They are not on the same Ambulances. A rescue helicopter shouldn’t have been declined unless there was nowhere safe for it to land or it was too dangerous because of bad weather.
    I can’t understand why the inquest has taken so long.

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  • I really do hope this baby did not die because the paramedics were on a lunch break?!?! I understand the pressure on these guys, but they’re dealing with people’s lives. That waiting time for an ambulance is simply not acceptable

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  • How shocking! Such a tragic loss of life. Cant believe the rolling errors here – each on their own is inexcusable.

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  • Poor little boy. What a terrible way to die! He could have been saved. Why did everything go so wrong? :-(

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  • I feel so very sorry for Mr and Mrs Day and I hope they keep going until they get answers, even though it will not bring back their precious son. I too have had some dreadful experiences with health care workers. I’ve had nursing home staff lie to me about care my father was supposed to receive, a nurse at the nursing home who didn’t want to call an ambulance for my unconscious father, and the ambulance that took two hours to collect him. All unforgivable.

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  • i seriously find this hard to believe that ambulance crews didn’t respond because they were on their lunch breaK? – I think if push come to shove and a baby was in urgent need they would have prioritised the infant rather than their lunch – I think there is a lot of blame shifting with this incident.

    How tragic though for the family no matter who is at fault they lost their son, and now bureaucracy is arguing over who to blame – Stand up and admit you stuffed up and take responsibility for once!

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  • Absolutely heartbreaking for this family. Every sympathy and I do hope they get justice and peace.

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