A recent report revealed the story of Perth teen Vaughn Rasmussen, who died after declaring brain dead by doctors in the intensive care unit of Princess Margaret Hospital. It was told during the inquest that he was suffering from gastroenteritis initially but his condition became worst with time and he died on November 17, 2009.
It was shared by his parents that though Vaughn's cranial shunt was blocked and it was actually pushing a huge build up of fluid, doctors didn’t perform a CT scan. Before his death, he had around 35 centimetres of fluid around his brain as compared to the standard zero to 10 centimetres, thereby pushing him to be declared as brain dead. It was only then that his parents had to take the difficult decision of their life of taking off Vaughn's life support.
While parents are claiming that it was sheer negligence on the part of doctors that their son is dead now, it was claimed that Vaughn was having serious problems before his death, as per Vaughn's treating neurologist of 10 years, Dr. Jonathon Silberstein.
However, doctors who had treated him before the death were reported to be missing and could not appear in the coronial inquest into Vaughn's death.
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