Grieving parents launch legal action against battery company following their toddler’s death after swallowing a button battery.
Allison and Robert Rees are suing battery company Energiser Australia, as well as Sunshine Hospital for the way it treated Isabella, before x-rays finally revealed the battery was stuck in her throat, shares Yahoo.
In the three years since the 14-month old died, her parents have been campaigning for tougher rules on button battery packaging.
“It is three years on but it feels like yesterday. Everything is so vivid and I remember every detail, every last word, everything,” Mrs Rees told News Corp.
“We had a beautiful little girl so full of joy and life. Even when she was sick you couldn’t get a smile off her face.”
The parents claim as a result of being present in the two hours leading up to and including the time of the pronouncement of death, they suffered shock, mental harm, depressions, and anxiety.
They claim their injuries were caused by the hospital’s negligence and breach of duty in the care, management and treatment of Isabella.
The Rees’s say the alleged breach of consumer laws relating to goods with safety defects by Energiser also affected them and contributed Isabella’s death.
• If you suspect a child has swallowed a button battery, immediately call the Poisons Information Centre on 13 11 26 or go to a hospital emergency room. Do not let the child eat or drink, and do not induce vomiting.
• Keep all disc battery operated devices out of sight and out of reach of children.
• Examine devices and make sure the battery compartment is secure.
• Dispose of used button batteries immediately. Flat batteries can still be dangerous.
• Tell others about the risk associated with button batteries, and how to keep their children safe.
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