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Mom stops CPR to have a smoke break

Post by Roofus » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:28 pm

A methadone-addicted mother stopped for a cigarette while attempting to resuscitate her baby as instructions were relayed on the phone from a triple 0 operator, a Supreme Court jury was told yesterday.

The mother, who cannot be named, sobbed in the dock during a harrowing replay of the emergency call, made from the Londonderry home of Michelle Sava on January 16, last year.

In it the operator gave repeated instructions to the mother, via Ms Sava, on cardio-pulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The six-month-old boy did not respond and was later pronounced dead at Nepean Hospital.

The baby exhibited no obvious disease or injury, but forensic biologists later discovered traces of illicit and prescription drugs in his blood, urine and bile, the court was told.

Methadone, methamphetamine (speed), amphetamine, pseudoephedrine and several benzodiazepines, which depress the central nervous system, were allegedly found in his urine.

Opiate-dependent at birth - his mother was a registered methadone user before and during her pregnancy - the baby spent his first six weeks in the neo-natal intensive care unit of Nepean Hospital, the Crown Prosecutor, Tim Hoyle, SC, said in his opening address.

Although no one saw the baby given methadone, the 26-year-old mother, who has pleaded not guilty to the murder of her son, was the primary carer of the baby and received regular doses of the drug at a clinic, the jury heard. Medical evidence would show that the baby died of methadone poisoning exacerbated by benzodiazepines, Mr Hoyle said.

When the mother, from Kingswood, arrived at her house late on the afternoon of January 16, last year Ms Sava said she "panicked" and rang triple 0 because the baby was floppy, non-responsive, "his eyes were in the back of his head and his tongue was hanging out" of blue-tinged lips.

While relaying CPR instructions Ms Sava said the mother had "walked away and went to light a cigarette" about half-way through the call.

"Not now, not now, the ambulance is on its way," Ms Sava said she told the mother who then returned to continue chest compressions on her baby.

Later, when the ambulance had left with her son, Ms Sava said the mother had said: [Her baby's father] is going to kill me for this and DOCS are definitely going to take [baby]."

The trial continues today.

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Post by Luriden » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:44 pm

See? Smoking kills.
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Post by |darc| » Thu Oct 26, 2006 6:47 pm

Why the hell would you give your kid drugs? Wouldn't you want that shit for yourself?
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Post by greay » Fri Oct 27, 2006 5:09 am

Darcus Magnus wrote:Why the hell would you give your kid drugs? Wouldn't you want that shit for yourself?
Maybe she didn't. Maybe she was breastfeeding.
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Post by APE » Fri Oct 27, 2006 11:23 am

People should be licensed to have kids. Pass a very basic test and keep passing it throughout your life.
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