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