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Pathologist Confirms Blood Clot, Pus Collection In Deceased’s Lungs

The pathologist report in a couple’s manslaughter trial revealed that their 22-month-old son died due to a blood clot in a blood vessel and the collection of pus in his
05 Jul 2017 10:08
Pathologist Confirms Blood Clot, Pus Collection In Deceased’s Lungs

The pathologist report in a couple’s manslaughter trial revealed that their 22-month-old son died due to a blood clot in a blood vessel and the collection of pus in his lungs.

The parents; Petero Taitusi, 34, and Loata Vitalina, 29, of Sawanikula, Dawasamu, are charged with one count each of manslaughter arising from the breach of their duties.

It is alleged that Taitusi and Vitalina failed to ensure the safety of their one-year-10-month-old child which led to his death.

The trial is presided by judge Justice Vincent Perera.

State Witness: Dr James Kalougivaki

The Head of the Fiji Police Force’s Forensic Pathology Unit, Dr James Kalougivaki who conducted the post mortem, told the High Court in Suva yesterday that 640 millilitres of greenish yellowish pus was collected in the child’s lungs.

He said that the pus was thickly stuck to the floor of the lung and the surface of the covering of the heart.

Dr Kalougivaki said the child had small boils filled with pus in his left lung and also pneumonia.

He said that the abdominal cavity which was the inner covering of the stomach also had areas where minor bleeding had occured.

He said the pus was formed over a period of one to three weeks.

Dr Kalougivaki also told the court that the illness could have been treated if the diagnosis for the illness was done earlier.

During the cross-examination, defence lawyer Lisiate Qetaki asked Dr Kalougivaki about the chances of the child’s survival had he been treated.

The pathologist told the court that it was highly likely the deceased child would have survived if treated earlier, although the less likely possibility of the child not surviving treatment also existed.

The trial continues today.

Edited by Karalaini Waqanidrola

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