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Coroner to look into death of Tom Olive at Nambour Hospital

TRAGEDY: Tom Olive, 4, died from rhabdomyolysis in August 2010.
TRAGEDY: Tom Olive, 4, died from rhabdomyolysis in August 2010.

THE parents of a Sunshine Coast boy who died in Nambour Hospital's emergency department will finally get to tell their story to the coroner.

Andrew and Trudy Olive will this week give evidence at an inquest into the death of their son Tom on August 25, 2010.

The four-year-old died from the muscle-destroying disease rhabdomyolysis and the inquest will look at why hospital staff did not diagnose the condition despite the fact he had presented with symptoms on previous occasions.

The inquest, which begins this morning, will also examine whether the Mooloolah boy received appropriate and adequate treatment by hospital and Queensland Ambulance Service staff during transportation and handover.

Tom's devastated parents say he complained of a sore knee and had trouble walking in the hours before he was taken to hospital.

At a pre-inquest conference in Brisbane late last year, family lawyer Peter Boyce told Coroner John Lock that although Nambour Hospital had implemented an action plan since Tom's death, his clients had first-hand experience that it was not being followed.

Tom's sisters - Laura, 6, and Sarah, 2, both suffer from the rare genetic disorder and the Olives say the policies have failed on several occasions they've had to take Sarah to the hospital.

Mr Lock has given permission for Mrs Olive to testify about those incidents and will also give Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service officials the opportunity to call witnesses to address over those claims.

The inquest will be held in District Court 3 at Maroochydore and is expected to run most of the week.

Topics:  inquest maroochydore district court nambour general hospital


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