The death of a 10-year-old girl whose parents reportedly left the country to avoid chemotherapy treatment for her life-threatening cancer will come under the spotlight at a coronial inquest later this year.
The Coroner’s Court today set dates for an inquest into the 2009 death of Tamar Stitt who had liver and stomach cancer.
Arely Stitt took her daughter to her native El Salvador in September 2009 on the eve of a Supreme Court hearing, at which a judge said he would almost certainly have ordered the child be treated against her parents’ wishes.
It was previously reported that Mrs Stitt and her husband, Trevor, believed their faith in God and natural medicines would heal her, despite warnings from Perth doctors that she would not survive without chemotherapy.
Tamar was diagnosed with cancer after doctors at Princess Margaret Hospital found a tumour on her liver.
It was previously reported that when doctors told the family that she needed to start chemotherapy immediately for the best chance of survival, Mr and Mrs Stitt refused.
Princess Margaret Hospital and Health Department lawyers the asked the Supreme Court to force her parents to allow treatment, but the night before the court gave its decision, Tamar and her mother flew to El Salvador where her parents treated her with natural remedies, including clay body wraps.
It was reported that Tamar died in November 2009.
An inquest into her death will be held in May.