Toddler tragically dies while waiting to see doctor


The Health Minister is ordering an urgent investigation after a little boy died waiting more than two hours to see a doctor in Melbourne.

The parents of Isaiah Sumaru are blaming the health system for his death.

“It kills me to wake up in the morning and know that he’s not beside me,” his mum Kathryn Ram said.

“It kills me to know that something is missing.”

The parents of Isaiah Sumaru are blaming the health system for his death after he waited two hours to be seen at the emergency ward at Dandenong Hospital. Source: 7 News
The parents of Isaiah Sumaru are blaming the health system for his death after he waited two hours to be seen at the emergency ward at Dandenong Hospital. Source: 7 News

Two weeks ago, the two-year-old developed breathing signs and showed signs of a fever.

Over the next two days, the parents called two ambulances but both crews said Isaiah didn’t need to be hospitalised.

Not convinced, his parents rushed him to their GP who immediately sent him to the emergency ward.

But while they waited at Dandenong Hospital his condition worsened.

The parents of Isaiah Sumaru are blaming the health system for his death after he waited two hours to be seen at the emergency ward at Dandenong Hospital. Source: 7 News
Isaiah’s mum said his feet began to turn purple while they waited at hospital. Source: 7 News

“While I was waiting I realised Isaiah’s feet started changing colour, they were purplish, and I panicked and I said to Shad (Isaiah’s father) ‘what are we going to do?’” Ms Ram said.

He went into cardiac arrest.

“All I remember is the doctor was like ‘code blue’ and Isaiah’s in that room and then 20 people in there and just pressing my poor baby, his heart rate stopped,” Ms Ram said.

Isaiah’s dad said it was “too late” by the time doctors saw his son.

The parents of Isaiah Sumaru are blaming the health system for his death after he waited two hours to be seen at the emergency ward at Dandenong Hospital. Source: 7 News
The government has ordered an investigation into the toddler’s death. Source: 7 News

“There are a lot of problems that I saw that need to be addressed,” he said.

Monash Health told Seven News they have spoken to Isaiah’s family but his parents deny this.

The government has ordered an investigation.

“Obliviously our hearts are with the family who have lost their beautiful little boy,” Health Minister Jill Hennessy said.

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