Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Inquest Shows Desire to Improve; COMMENT

Newspaper article Sunshine Coast Daily (Maroochydore, Australia)

Inquest Shows Desire to Improve; COMMENT

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STUART

CUMMING

stuart.cumming@scnews.com.au

HOW society treats its most vulnerable is a measure of its humanity.

That widely-used philosophy can apply to a range of demographics in our community, including children, the elderly, minority groups and the disabled.

A coroner's inquest into the death of Leah Floyd has given Sunshine Coast residents real-life insight into what can happen in our region should an able-bodied person end up requiring permanent care.

Mrs Floyd was in a Brisbane hospital for about a year after a fall from height in 2012 left her a quadriplegic.

Her rehabilitation progressed to a stage where it was determined she could return to the community by moving in August 2013 to a specialised care home run by BE Lifestyle at Yandina Creek.

She died less than six weeks later after a pressure sore on her lower back became septic.

Her needs were complex.

She was being treated for physical health and mental health issues. …

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