A Queensland woman says her boyfriend’s mother died of a heart attack after a four-week wait for an autopsy.
The inquest into the death of 22-year-old Sarah Ritchie was opened today in the central Queensland city of Brisbane.
Ms Ritchie, who was in the care of a Queensland Veterinary Medical Group (QVMG) veterinary school, went into cardiac arrest on July 1 and died four weeks later.
A forensic examination found no evidence of a life-threatening illness.
She was found lying face down in a large open bed with her chest out.
Ms Ritchie’s boyfriend, 22-month-old Daniel Meehan, died in hospital on August 18 after his mother was taken to a hospital with a cardiac arrest.
The inquest into Ms Rickey’s death heard a doctor had been trying to resuscitate Ms Riddle for three days and had warned that the baby would not survive.
Daniel was resuscitated with a ventilator and resuscitated again.
After he was taken into intensive care, the inquest heard, Daniel’s heart stopped.
Doctors said Daniel was suffering from a medical condition known as cardiomyopathy.
An autopsy was ordered in January and the inquest into Daniel’s death has been adjourned until March 6.
“Sarah was a caring and loving mother and we will never be able to understand the heartache and the grief she must have felt,” Ms Ritzer said in a statement.
QVMGs director of veterinary care, Dr Tony Hensley, said it was a very sad case.
He said his team had “had a good work-life balance for a long time” and that they were working hard to make sure that people who had worked with him for years understood the seriousness of his actions.
Dr Henslay said Ms Ritchys actions were “not consistent with the standards that we expect of veterinary staff”.
“We would like to thank the QVMG veterinary community for their support,” he said.
ABC News’ Ben Renshaw and John Pangbourne in Brisbane.
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