The article does not include much information about the parents’ reaction, and does not explain if they were there at the time.
This is the first time I’ve learned of this case, and it was in 2007. Since the parents were wanting to get rid of her anyway, whether it was accidental or deliberate, I don’t expect that the parents lost any sleep over it.
The story seems to indicate they live in Glebe. I used to live in that area in the mid-’70s, and it was sort of a Sydney slum area. So, if the family is in poverty, it’s easy now to arrange convenient fatal accidents which people would never have considered, before Terri Schiavo was killed.
On Wed, Jan 12, 2011 at 4:55 PM, Alex Schadenberg <euthanasiaprevention> wrote:
She’s not a dog, father seeking euthanasia of disabled girl told
January 12, 2011 – 1:43PM
Maia Comas was two years old when her neighbour noticed something unusual about her behaviour.
Believing the girl might be autistic, Laura Flower suggested the toddler’s father, Pablo Comas, have her checked by a doctor.
An inquest at the Coroner’s Court in Glebe has heard that, in September 2007, Maia was tentatively diagnosed with Rett syndrome, a developmental disorder that affects speech, movement and intellectual function.
Many sufferers become wheelchair-bound and require around-the-clock care.
Mr Comas and his partner, Samantha Razniak, were distressed by the news about their daughter, the court has heard, and raised the possibility of euthanasia with a paediatrician and Department of Community Services case workers.
Giving evidence at the inquest today, Ms Flower recalled speaking to Mr Comas in their street.
"He said that they had been to the doctor and asked if they could give her an injection," Ms Flower said.
"I said: ‘She’s not a dog, she’s a beautiful girl. She looks normal. She’s fine.’"
Maia drowned in a blow-up pool in the yard of her Curl Curl home on December 3, 2007.
A Deputy State Coroner, Scott Mitchell, is investigating whether her death was accidental or the result of a deliberate act.
Following an application by media organisations, Mr Mitchell today lifted a suppression order that had prevented Maia and her family from being identified publicly.
The court heard that, after Maia was found in the pool, her grandmother called Ms Flower for help.
Ms Flower, who tried to revive the toddler, said Ms Razniak was crying on the phone and was "devastated".
The inquest continues.
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