Coronial Inquest into the death of Child L
Delivered on: 12 June 2019
Delivered at: Perth
Finding of: Coroner Jenkin
Suppression Order: Yes
Summary: The deceased was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder when he was about 3-years of age and also had a cognitive impairment. He had his first known tonic clonic seizure in December 2012 and was diagnosed with generalised epilepsy disorder in 2013. The deceased was prescribed medication to control his tonic clonic and absence seizures. The deceasedâ€™s father, who was responsible for the deceasedâ€™s day-to-day care, also had the care of the deceasedâ€™s brother was caring for the deceasedâ€™s younger brother who was diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder.
On 26 March 2015 at about 3.30 pm, the deceased reportedly had a tonic clonic seizure that lasted for three to four minutes. At about 1.00 am on 27 March 2015, the deceased was at home with his family. He went into his fatherâ€™s bedroom and asked for a sandwich and his father got up and went with him into the lounge room. Afterwards, they lay together talking and at about 3.30 am, the deceasedâ€™s father got up and went to his own bed.
At 7.30 am on 27 March 2015, the deceasedâ€™s father woke and found the deceased lying face down on the floor near the toilet. The deceased was unresponsive while his father began CPR, his fatherâ€™s partner called emergency services. The deceased was taken to hospital where his death was confirmed.
The Coroner found the deceasedâ€™s death was consistent with epileptic seizure with aspiration and death occurred by way of natural causes. The evidence suggested that the most likely explanation for the deceasedâ€™s death was SUDEP (sudden unexpected death in epilepsy).
Catch Words: SUDEP : Natural Causes.
Report: Child L