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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004

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Coroners Act In the matter of Coronial Findings and Recommendation into the Death of Ms Souzana Afianos pursuant to section 46B dated 1 January 2004

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Tabled paper 1394

Collection

Tabled Papers for 9th Assembly 2001 - 2005; Tabled Papers; ParliamentNT

Date

2004-06-25

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Deemed

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English

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Tabled papers

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https://www.legislation.gov.au/Series/C1968A00063

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https://hdl.handle.net/10070/284441

Citation address

https://hdl.handle.net/10070/408388

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the lounge holding a pillow to her stomach. She said there was blood everywhere. Mrs Florance said that the Deceased was standing and call ing out for help. Mrs Florance said that she pressed a towel onto her s tomach and an ambulance was called. According to St John Ambulance records, officers attended at 4.32am, which precedes the time that Mrs Florance said they were called. Mrs F lorances recollection of the time cannot be correct. 3 0 . The Deceased was conveyed to the Accident & Emergency Department of the Royal Darwin Hospital arriving at 5.11am where she was in intubated and treated. Dr Treacy was called at 6.00am and he arrived at the Hospital very promptly thereafter, namely at approximately 6.20am. Resuscitation procedures by emergency staff were well underway when Dr Treacy arrived and continued for approximately another hour until the Deceased was pronounced dead at 7.20am. Dr Baggoley was very impressed with the response of Dr Treacy and of Accident & Emergency staff. I have no reason to fault the response of either. 3 1 . The primary source of evidence of the cause of death came from Dr Ranson, the forensic pathologist who performed the autopsy. He gave evidence to the Inquest by video link on two occasions, the first on 12 November 2002 and the second on 6 August 2003. In addition to that evidence Dr Ranson produced an Autopsy report and two supplementary reports. The Autopsy report was dated 25 June 2002 and became Exhibit 1 Folio 10. The first supplementary report became Exhibit 30. The second supplementary report became Exhibit 36. 3 2 . In summary form the salient features of Dr Ransons autopsy report and evidence are as follows. 1. There was no damage to any of the arteries or veins which would account for the haemorrhage subsequently found. 13