Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Child TJW

Inquest into the Death of CHILD TJW


Delivered on : 20 December 2019

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Linton

Recommendations : N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : Yes

The deceased’s name is suppressed from publication. The deceased should be referred to as Child TJW in any external publication.

Summary : On 12 July 2019 the deceased was surrounded by her family when she passed away having received palliative care after her clinical state continued to deteriorate and it became clear that she had reached the end of her short life.


The deceased was born on 5 June 2011 after a traumatic delivery she was assessed as having severe brain injury. She was later diagnosed with spastic quadriplegic cerebral palsy and various conditions that severely affected her health and ability to live independently. Due to her complex health issues, the deceased had very high care needs. She mobilised in a wheelchair and needed assistance with all aspects of her daily living. Her family were supported by the Department of Communities. The deceased was placed by the Department at Lady Lawley Cottage on 10 January 2017 and had been placed in the care of the Department of Communities.


On 1 July 2018 the deceased was taken to the Perth Children’s Hospital with a fever, increased respiratory secretions, uncontrolled seizures and respiratory distress. She was diagnosed with a chest infection. Despite treatment the deceased’s clinical state continued to deteriorate.


The Coroner was satisfied the deceased was provided by the Department of Communities with an appropriate and safe environment given her complex medical needs.


Catch Words : Multiple Complex Medical Care : Department of Communities : Natural Causes


Last updated: 1-Oct-2020

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