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Robert Tremble left a Queensland hospital with three unexplained spinal fractures, now a coroner is probing his death

ABC News

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.


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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