Friday, July 24, 2009

Racism killed our girl: grandparents

The girl, from Doomadgee, had been ill for days and was turned away from the Doomadgee Hospital several times in the past week before being admitted . She died on Thursday before her family could get her transferred to the larger Mount Isa Hospital.

Her grandfather Athol Walden has told the ABC's The World Today that doctors and nurses had been reluctant to admit patients because of swine flu concerns and had been treating them outside.

"If my little granddaughter was a white child, she would have been flown out the first day she went to the hospital." Her grandmother Katrina Walden agreed.

"I think she was neglected because she was a little black girl," she said.

A Queensland Health spokeswoman said a team of senior clinicians would provide support and counselling to the family and meet with community leaders today


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