A sick 11-month-old girl is being refused crucial surgery at Sunshine Coast University Hospital because of ‘ludicrous’ regulations, her mother has revealed.
There is a paediatric Ear, Nose and Throat specialist ready to operate on Olivia-Rose Ciseau, who is suffering from infected tonsils and adenoids that cause her to stop breathing in her sleep.
But it is against for doctors to operate on children under 12 months of age.
‘We’re tired, we’re devastated … Our daughter’s whole personality has changed,’ mother Victoria Bromhead told 9NEWS.
One partiularly ‘rough’ night, Ms Bromhead recorded the wheezing and hacking sound of her daughter struggling to breathe.
She says that she is afraid her daughter will die in her sleep if she is not treated.
A spokesperson for the Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service said that age limits for ‘elective’ surgery were purposely strict.
‘These age limits are set solely for patient safety and reflect the surgical intricacies involved in treating very young children,’ the spokesperson said.
Olivia-Rose is now in the care of Lady Cilento Hospital doctors – the only hospital that does not have an age limit for a tonsillectomy.
Doctors are currently assessing the child to see if she is a candidate for immediate surgery.
But Ms Bromhead said that she still fears for the lives of other children who are tangled up in the same red tape
‘What is it going to take for Queensland Health to change these regulations? A child to die? … Because that’s what is going to happen.’