Robert Tremble left a Queensland hospital with three unexplained spinal fractures, now a coroner is probing his death
Written By Jemima Burt; Posted 14.9.2023
When Robyn Tremble admitted her 48-year-old son with Down syndrome to a Queensland hospital for a routine epileptic episode in December 2020, she believed he was in the safest hands.
- Robert Tremble was allegedly assaulted by an assistant nurse while he was a patient at the Caboolture Hospital
- His family say he suffered from his injuries for six months before he died
- Two years later, a Queensland coroner began to probe the death in July
But two days later when she went to visit Robert Tremble, she found him writhing in pain from a spinal injury with bruises on his back and a grazed knee.
She said his condition and manner was completely different to when she visited him at 5pm the day before.
He told her his nursing assistant at Caboolture Hospital had headbutted him.
“He was sitting in the chair like he’d had a stroke,” she said.
It was the start of six months of suffering that would result in Mr Tremble’s deterioration and eventual death.
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