SOUTHWESTERN VETERINARY HOSPITAL, SA – SEPTEMBER 07: The caretaker holds a sign that reads ‘this is a sad situation’ as they look at a baby in a sling at the South West Veterinary Hospital (SWVH) in Adelaide, South Australia, September 07, 2018.
(Photo by Mike Clayton/AAP) A young child is in “grave condition” at the emergency ward of SWVH, South Australian emergency medical service chief Dr Tim Clements said on Tuesday, as his emergency department began an “urgent” inspection.
“This is the first of two visits today, we will be looking into this case,” Dr Clements told reporters.
“There are a number of problems with the facility and we will have to go through them in depth.”
The child, whose name has not been released, is believed to be about four weeks old.
The child’s parents were at the hospital, where staff said the boy had been in a “very, very bad condition”.
“This baby is about a month old and is now in a very, very, bad condition, with severe infections and inflammation of the brain,” Dr Peter Mckenna said.
“The baby is not breathing.”
Dr Mckennas comments followed reports that a baby boy had died in the same ward, on Monday, in a similar case to the infant who died on Wednesday.
In a separate incident, a baby was found dead in a crib on Tuesday at a care home for infants.
The infant’s mother had been on leave at the care home, where police were investigating the death.
The South Australian Government’s Emergency Medical Services (EMS) chief, Dr Tim Mckenny, said he was “deeply saddened” by the death of the infant and the infant’s parents, who were on leave in the state.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the death in a care facility and it is our understanding that the child is at the hands of an individual,” Dr Mckenas said.
Emergency services have been called to a care centre for babies at the Central Veterinary Hospital in Adelaide’s west.
Dr Clements called the case “very sad”, saying staff were overwhelmed.
“It is absolutely tragic,” he said.
“There are some very, extremely difficult situations out there, and this is one of them.”
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