Mum’s $20m bat­tle for her son’s fu­ture

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS - KAY DIBBEN

A QUEENS­LAND mum is su­ing a hos­pi­tal and a doc­tor for $20 mil­lion on be­half of her son, who has cere­bral palsy, claim­ing she was wrongly given a drug that sent her into ana­phy­lac­tic shock and led to his brain dam­age.

Six-year-old Hud­son Aslett needs full-time care and lots of in­ten­sive ther­apy to give him the best chance in life.

His mother, Pe­trea Aslett, is su­ing the hos­pi­tal and doc­tor on Hud­son’s be­half so she can help him reach his full po­ten­tial and pro­vide for his fu­ture needs.

Ms Aslett, 43, claims the drug she was given sent her into ana­phy­lac­tic shock, lead­ing to Hud­son’s birth, at 1790 grams, and brain dam­age.

“He’s the ab­so­lute love of my life. I couldn’t live with­out him now,’’ said the Bris­bane mother, who has not worked since Hud­son was born.

“I wouldn’t change hav­ing him for the world. I just wish it was dif­fer­ent to how it is.”

Hud­son was de­liv­ered by emer­gency cae­sarean at Mater Moth­ers’ Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal. Ms Aslett was given an an­tibi­otic when she was only in threat­ened preterm labour, and it gave her an al­ler­gic re­ac­tion, lead­ing to car­dio­vas­cu­lar col­lapse, the Supreme Court claim says.

It says nei­ther her ob­ste­tri­cian nor mid­wives gave her a vagi­nal ex­am­i­na­tion, which would have con­firmed she was not in preterm labour.

The mother, who had been a Mater clin­i­cal nurse con­sul­tant, was un­con­scious on a ven­ti­la­tor when Hud­son was de­liv­ered.

“I wanted to be a mum, to have a child, so badly. I went through a lot to get preg­nant,’’ said Ms Aslett, who con­ceived through IVF.

Mau­rice Black­burn has filed a $20 mil­lion claim for Hud­son, who has spas­tic quad­ri­plegic cere­bral palsy, and a $2 mil­lion claim for Ms Aslett, who suf­fered post­trau­matic stress.

Lawyer Vicki Holmes said Hud­son had a long life ex­pectancy with daily chal­lenges and would have to rely on oth­ers for his care.

Rais­ing her son on her own in a house not suited for a child with dis­abil­i­ties, of­ten car­ry­ing him around and do­ing hours of phys­io­ther­apy each week has taken its toll.

“I’m his ther­a­pist, I’m his nurse, I’m his carer, but I don’t get much time to be his mum,’’ Ms Aslett said. “I just want Hud­son to be happy and reach his full po­ten­tial.”

Ms Aslett misses her ca­reer and the per­son she once was, but says her kind, beau­ti­ful boy keeps her go­ing.

“There’s noth­ing bet­ter at the end of the day than sit­ting him on my lap and him giv­ing me a cud­dle.”

Mater Mis­eri­cor­diae Health Ser­vices Bris­bane Ltd and the ob­ste­tri­cian be­ing sued are yet to re­spond to the claims.

The Mater said it was un­able to com­ment as the case was be­fore the courts.

I wouldn’t change hav­ing him for the world. I just wish it was dif­fer­ent to how it is

LIFE OF CARE: Pe­trea Aslett is su­ing on be­half of her six-yearold son, Hud­son, who was born with cere­bral palsy. Pic­ture: Peter Wal­lis

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