A couple whose toddler collapsed and died after waiting more than two hours in an emergency room have accused the hospital of murdering their two-year-old son.
Shadrach Sumaru and Kathryn Ram called and asked for an ambulance for their son Isaiah twice in the hours leading up to his death on September 26.
But despite him struggling to breathe, the couple claim they were told there was no need for him to be taken to A&E.
Ms Ram said she was told her son was likely just suffering from a fever.
The infant, from Cranbourne in Melbourne’s south-east, was not rushed to hospital after his parents took him to their GP – who urgently called an ambulance.
With no beds available at Dandenong Hospital, the young boy was forced to wait in the emergency department as he grew increasingly lethargic.
His feet began to discolour and his heavily-pregnant mother was forced to watch on as staff desperately tried in vain to save their son – who is believed to have contracted pneumonia.
Mr Sumaru told The Herald Sun: ‘There was so much miscommunication and mismanagement.
‘I just don’t want this to happen to anyone else.’
His wife went a step further, claiming the hospital ‘murdered [her] son’.
An investigation into the boy’s death is being carried out by the Coroner and the Health Complaints Commissioner.
Ambulance Victoria told the Herald Sun they were investigating how emergency call-outs were being co-ordinated.