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Lucas's Law

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Gelria Faram
27 Seaward Crescent

Total Signatures - 2334

Sponsoring Member: The Clerk of the Parliament

Posting Date: 22/01/2021

Closing Date: 7/03/2021

Tabled Date: 9/03/2021

Responded By: Hon Yvette D'Ath MP on 8/04/2021

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the tragic loss of life of 3-years-old Lucas Faram in a Queensland public hospital due to a malfunctioning ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunt going undetected, because an MRI scan was not ordered for 9 hours after Lucas and his family first presented to the emergency department.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House that Lucas's Law be implemented in Queensland hospitals. This would be a policy where all children with ventriculoperitoneal (VP) shunts who present to emergency departments are immediately given an MRI scan. This would give young patients already suffering severe and debilitating medical conditions a more immediate diagnosis and therefore a better chance at a long and fulfilling life, as well as avoiding any unnecessary grief and heartache for families.