Girl, 2, died day after 'mystery coughing and vomiting fit at birthday party'

A toddler died just the day after having a coughing fit that caused him to vomit at a birthday party.

Isabella Lamont was 20 months old when she died after being rushed to Royal Children’s Hospital in the Victorian border town of Wodonga, Australia in October 2018.

The death had been at a birthday party the day before her tragic death.

She later had a fit that turned her purple, went limp and “barely breathe” on Tuesday, according to the Coroners Court of Victoria. reports An autopsy revealed that she had suffered cardiac arrest with swelling of the brain, but how this happened was “unexplained,” said the attorney who was assisting Libby Murphy.

“The cause of death was unknown,” she added.

It has been reported that a doctor who performed the autopsy determined that it may have been caused by accidental or non-accidental head trauma.

The court reportedly heard Isabella “coughing continuously” before the birthday party before vomiting all night.

From midnight she could be heard “moaning” and her father slept with her in the living room before they got up early for the birthday dinner.

At the party, other children told adults that Isabella was lying on the floor in the children’s playroom.

The girl was put on a high chair and is said to have eaten some jelly with the other children, but later threw it up.

She was taken back to the playroom but found lying on the floor looking “sad” before the family left.

Patricia Lamont with her daughter

According to the Sydney Morning Herald It was around 5:30 pm when Isabella “felt limp and unable to hold on” before her body stiffened and she began to turn purple.

Doctors were called and found that the child was barely breathing and not responding.

She died on October 7th at the Royal Children’s Hospital.

Her mother Patricia Lamont reportedly said the trial had taken “so long” and she still wanted justice for her daughter.

She said in a statement: “I want answers. I want justice for my daughter. There needs to be accountability for those responsible and the systems that led to this tragedy need to be reformed. “

Another hearing will take place in Melbourne later this year.


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