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My name is Vanessa Wainwright, and I am humbly seeking help from the community to challenge the New South Wales Coroner’s recent decision to:

(1) change the cause of death of my spouse Lindsey Day to Coronary Artery Disease even though there is no evidence he suffered a heart attack; and

(2) cancel a previously promised public inquest into his cause of death, which was to have been held in open court.

Lindsey suffered a cardiac arrest which, to date, remains unexplained.  A cardiac arrest is not the same thing as a heart attack. See Heart Attack or Sudden Cardiac Arrest: How Are They Different?

Lindsey was a previously healthy 39 year old man who passed away suddenly and unexpectedly in May 2018, after receiving FluQuadri and Boostrix vaccines.  He suffered a grand mal seizure and stopped breathing only 44 hours post vaccination, before going into cardiac arrest, and never regained consciousness.

At the hospital, a CT brain scan was performed on Lindsey with the results stating “diffuse cerebral oedema”, and quoted by the medical team as a “catastrophic brain injury”, none like they have seen before in such a short time frame. This was 4-5 hours after the grand mal seizure.  See the detailed timeline of events.

Section 6 (1) (e) of the New South Wales Coroners Act 2009 provides:

For the purposes of this Act, a person’s death is a reportable death if the death occurs in any of the following circumstances — the person died in circumstances where the person’s death was not the reasonably expected outcome of a health-related procedure carried out in relation to the person.

In changing the cause of death, the Coroner failed to give due consideration to critical neurological evidence as a possible trigger for Lindsey’s cardiac arrest, and afforded undue weight to the findings of a NSW Health expert panel, which was not independent, and which was convened in direct response to a September 2018 media report featuring Lindsey’s story.

I will be seeking a public inquest into Lindsey’s cause of death because he deserves to have the correct cause of death recorded. Unfortunately, this will not come cheaply.

An inquest is a public court hearing where the Coroner considers evidence to determine the identity of the deceased and the date, place, manner and cause of death of the deceased.  Please go to New South Wales Coroner’s Court for further information.

Lindsey was my best friend, soul-mate, and love of my life. He was also a father of one, and step-father of my two children. He was an all-round nice guy and hard worker who would do anything for anyone, and had a special special bond with my autistic son. His sudden, inexplicable death has left me and my family devastated, both emotionally and financially.

 

As a family we will continue to fight until we have answers for him, however there is no question that this is a classic David and Goliath battle.

With your help, we will obtain justice for Lindsey. All donations, big or small, will be gratefully received, and we will provide regular updates as new information comes to hand. Funds raised will go towards the cost of multiple expert reports, solicitor fees, and counsel fees.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart.

Vanessa Wainwright xxx

 

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Timeline

Key Events

2018
April 29

LINDSEY WAS VACCINATED

11:00am Lindsey received FluQuadri and Boostrix vaccinations for the impending arrival of our first grandchild. He was fit and well on this day.

April 30

LINDSEY WENT TO WORK

07:00am Lindsey went to work. His colleagues reported that he was his usual self.

April 30

LINDSEY STARTED TO FEEL UNWELL

05:00pm Lindsey started to feel unwell on his way home from work, messaging me at work stating “he was going to go home, walk the dog, have a shower and go to bed” as he had a fever, was suffering all over aches and pains, and had no appetite.

May 1

LINDSEY GOT READY FOR WORK

07:00am Lindsey got up to go to work, but was still not feeling well. He took two Codral day-time cold and flu tablets, before walking out to his car. A few minutes later, he returned to the house stating “he was too sick to go to work”, and to “call my boss”.

May 1

LINDSEY HAD A GRAND MAL SEIZURE

07:30am Lindsey said “he couldn’t breathe”.  Seconds later, he had a massive grand mal seizure (no history of seizures prior) which lasted for a minute or two, also resulting in him being incontinent of urine.  I noticed that his right eye was blown (dilated pupil), which, based on my nursing training, indicated that this may be from raised intracranial pressure.  As Lindsey wasn’t breathing, I commenced CPR and called to my 21 year old daughter and 24 year old son to call 000 which they did.

May 1

LINDSEY WAS TRANSPORTED TO NEPEAN HOSPITAL

07:40am The ambulance arrived, and the paramedics worked on Lindsey for approximately 20 minutes before transporting him to Nepean Hospital by ambulance in ventricular fibrillation (VF) cardiac arrest.

May 1

LINDSEY HAD A “CATASTROPHIC BRAIN INJURY”

  • At Nepean Hospital, multiple investigations were undertaken by the treating team but no definitive cause for the cardiac arrest could be established.
  • A coronary angiogram was performed with results showing “near normal coronary arteries” with no major disease identified.
  • An echocardiogram was also conducted showing no major pathology.
  • A CT brain scan was performed on Lindsey with the results stating “diffuse cerebral oedema”, and quoted by the medical team as a “catastrophic brain injury”, none like they have seen before in such a short time frame. This was 4-5 hours after the grand mal seizure.
May 2

LINDSEY PASSED AWAY

04:22pm A clinical examination found absence of brain stem reflexes, and declaration of brain death was made by the treating team.  As Lindsey was an organ donor, suitable organs were removed.

May 7

AN AUTOPSY WAS CONDUCTED

As Lindsey’s treating doctors could not identify the cause of Lindsey’s death, an autopsy was required to be conducted.

August 6

THE AUTOPSY REPORT WAS ISSUED

  • An autopsy report for the coroner was issued.
  • In the opinion of the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy, the cause of death was Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), with no antecedent causes.
  • The autopsy report included the following comment: “Acute respiratory distress syndrome can be idiopathic, or caused by acute interstitial pneumonia, infection, drugs, autoimmune diseases, inhalation injuries, sepsis, radiation therapy and burns, among other causes. Acute interstitial pneumonia is a fulminant lung disease in previously healthy individuals and usually has an unknown cause. lnterstitial pneumonia can be a rare complication of the influenza vaccine and 9 cases have been described since 1998 with the age range (more men than women) between 38 and 75 years. The interval between vaccination and onset of symptoms was 1-7 days and the interval between vaccination and diagnosis was 2-41 days. (lnterstitial Pneumonia Associated with the influenza Vaccine: A Report of Two Cases: Makoto Hibina and Tetsuri Konda, lntern Med 56: 197-201, 2017 DOI: 10.2169/internalmedicine.56.7239).”
September 4

MEDIA REPORT ABOUT LINDSEY

The media reported on Lindsey’s story. Click or tap on Family considering legal action after Sydney man’s sudden death

September 5

NSW HEALTH CONVENED AN EXPERT REVIEW PANEL

  • NSW Health convened an expert review panel after they “became aware of a report of a 39 year old male who had died on 2 May 2018 with history of a FluQuadri vaccine dose given on 29 April 2018”.
  • The expert panel did not include a Neurology expert, and did not consider the fact Lindsey had received a Boostrix vaccine, in addition to a FluQuadri vaccine.
September 6

CORONER ESTABLISHED CAUSE OF DEATH

The Deputy State Coroner advised me that Lindsey’s cause of death had been established as Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, consistent with the autopsy report.

September 19

NSW HEALTH EXPERT REVIEW PANEL ISSUED REPORT

  • A report was issued by the NSW Health Expert Review Panel which concluded that Lindsey died from a cardiac event.
  • The report noted that “out-of-session advice on the case was provided by a cardiology specialist who also agreed with the Expert Panel’s findings the likely cause of death was cardiac in origin”.
September 20

TGA CONVENED A CAUSALITY ASSESSMENT PANEL

The Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) convened a ‘Causality Assessment Panel’.

September 27

CORONER LIKELY TO CHANGE CAUSE OF DEATH

I was advised by the Acting Registrar of the State Coroner’s Court, that, based on the new evidence from the NSW Health Expert Review Panel, “the Coroner is likely to amend the cause of death to “Coronary Artery Disease”, with ARDS noted as a significant condition”.

October 2

OBJECTION TO CHANGE IN CAUSE OF DEATH

I advised the State Coroner that I disagree with the proposal to change Lindsey’s cause of death to ‘Coronary Artery Disease’.

November 5

CORONER AGREED TO A PUBLIC INQUEST

I was advised by the Acting Registrar of the State Coroner’s Court that “the Coroner has now had a chance to review the issues and concerns you raise” and is of the view that “given your significant concerns, it is appropriate to re-open this matter and to hold an inquest where all the medical evidence can be carefully and fully examined in open court”.

2019
January 31

NSW HEALTH A/CHO ADVISED LINDSEY LIKELY DIED FROM AN UNDERLYING HEART CONDITION

  • I was advised by the Acting Chief Health Officer (A/CHO), NSW Health, that “the panel reviewed your husband’s medical and autopsy records in detail and came to the conclusion that your husband is Iikely to have died from an underlying heart condition” and that “the panel recommend all your husband’s first degree relatives (including any children, siblings and parents) have testing to exclude a form of genetic heart disease given the young age at which he died”.
  • He also advised that “a separate investigation was completed by the TGA to assess whether the influenza vaccine may have contributed to your husband’s death and concluded that the evidence was inconsistent with a causal role for influenza vaccine in his death”.
August 20

SUPPLEMENTARY REPORT ISSUED BY FORENSIC PATHOLOGIST

A supplementary report to the coroner by the forensic pathologist who conducted the autopsy noted the presence of both “old and acute ischaemic changes in the heart” which is inconsistent with the original autopsy findings of only “acute ischaemic changes in the heart”, “in the range aged between 12 to 24 hours”.

2020
January 15

CORONER CANCELLED PUBLIC INQUEST

I was advised by the A/Principal Solicitor, NSW Department of Communities, Justice & Legal, that the State Coroner “is satisfied from the further investigation that Lindsey’s cause of death was a cardiac event and that it is appropriate to dispense with the holding of an inquest into Lindsey’s death under section 25 of the Coroners Act 2009”.

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