Loving family’s fight to reunite.

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Raised by 180 people in 1 month
Created July 11, 2019
Fundraising Team
on behalf of Sadhana Jethanandani

Immediate help needed for mother whose child was taken in negligent care by hospital and government agencies! Please donate or offer support, we need to make a statement and show them that this behaviour is not acceptable in this country and we will not stand by whilst children are legally kidnaped.
In December, a beautiful healthy 22mth old boy from a loving family had a fall on the floor at home, as almost all young active healthy children do. Although hurt, the child soon stopped crying and was able to sleep that evening. The following day his mother observed that he did not want to walk and that his right leg was in mild discomfort when touched during a nappy change, but otherwise he was eating and drinking and playing, he lacked any kind of swelling or bruising on his body so the mother gave it a day to see how it progressed. The family presented at the hospital, where initial examination by the ER physicians concluded that there was no obvious fracture, however an x-ray would be done to confirm. The mother and the father do not have English as their first language and were surprised when hospital staff treated the fall as suspicious and focused on the parents rather than attending to the boy and focusing on treatment, however, upon return of the x-rays, which confirmed that the initial diagnosis was incorrect and there was indeed a closed right femur fracture, the leg was cast and the child was discharged the same evening.
After returning home, the boy complained of discomfort, the parents were unable to even touch his leg and any movement sent him into pain. The parents observed that the leg seemed to not be cast fully and were suspect that it, along with the obvious pain it was causing, may not have been fitted properly and the mother emailed the patient representative at hospital to file a complaint the following morning.
Mother was contacted a full day later by staff stating that upon an additional examination of the x-ray it seemed to reveal another ankle fracture and that they should come back to ED the same day to be admitted. They presented, as requested, to the ED and  were admitted to the childrens ward that evening.
A further x-ray was not done until the following day, Tuesday, and then a full body x-ray was completed on Wednesday. Nothing was communicated to the family during this time as to any reason why the first fracture was missed, why the cast was incorrectly set or that there were any issues addressed at all. In fact it wasn't until the attending paediatrician informed them that she would be reporting the case to child protection services that she mentioned that other old fractures were discovered and the child was finally examined again.
Obviously shocked by this revelation, the parents were given further distress when on the same evening two police officers came to the ward and conducted a video interview with both parents. Officers neglected to mention at the beginning, that the interview was voluntary, violating the parents right of decline. They also, were not offered an interpreter for the interview even though the police were aware that English is their second language. The police officers then proceeded to ask if they could go to the family home the same evening to take the photos. Wanting to cooperate, the parents agreed and the officers visited the unit and took photos.
The next day, Friday, with the child still in hospital for a simple fracture that had been incompetently treated, the mother was told that there had been a request for an interview with government agency and when she was taken out of the child's room for this interview, she was at the time, bizarrely escorted by security, government agency workers and a social worker, she was prevented from being able to say goodbye to her son or pick up her things. She was told that the child was being removed from parental care and would remain in hospital. On Monday, the child, whom was previously unvaccinated due to a strong family history of autoimmune disorders, was diagnosed with neutropenia: which is an abnormally low number of neutrophils (a type of white blood cell) in the blood and is consistent with auto-immune disorders. Before being discharged, he was given 7 vaccines at once, without sufficient observation, in contradiction of medical guidelines and without consent. If severe, neutropenia significantly increases the risk of life-threatening infection and the Australian Immunisation Handbook states that in severe neutropenia no vaccines should be given to avoid acute febrile episodes, advice which was clearly ignored by the treating physicians. He was then placed into foster care with a strange family despite the family providing names of familiar carers for the child who had at this stage never spent a night without his parents and was visibly stressed and traumatised by the separation. The application for removal was not made to the children's court until the following Thursday, and the interim order placing the son under the care of government agency came through on Friday. Meaning the child was removed and placed without a court order. This order deemed that the family were only allowed to see their son for one hour, twice a week. The parents have no criminal history, no drug use, no domestic violence or any other issues. The mother is a professional, working in the television industry for the past 18 years and the father runs his own air conditioning business. Their son is an active boy who had been attending child care 3 days a week, and was involved in many social activities with friends and family. The parents were completely transparent and cooperative every step of the way and simply seek justice and for their son to be returned to them immediately.
Both parents came to Australia to find a better life and have had their entire world broken, their family torn apart, their son traumatised and were continually let down by the supposed professional care within the governmental system.
After a continuous fight in the court system, the family, in March, were able to have their son placed under a friends care, however they were not allowed to contact their friends in any way or visit their house. In May, a full five months after the boy was removed, government agency finally requested a forensic expert, in which, she clearly states that injuries are accidental and does not mention that the family caused any injuries to their son, after which the parents were then allowed to see their son twice a week for only two hours under supervision. A ridiculous result for a family cleared of any wrong-doing.
We seek your assistance in helping these parents who have been denied their parental rights since their child was removed from and alienated from them for now over six months. A child who despite being proven that he was not abused has still not been returned to his family from whom he had never previously been separated since birth. The reports coming from this government agency are now asking for supplementary evidence from the forensic expert and are changing tactic from abuse as previously presumed, to questioning the delay in presentation to a doctor and the lack of vaccinations, clearly grasping at any straws to justify this truly illegal and abhorrent removal. The family feel that they have been targeted as migrants, easy to get lost in the system, ironically designed to protect children yet unlawfully removing a child from his parents without any evidence for over six months now. The entire family has been traumatised with these events and everyday that passes more and more trauma occurs.

If you could please give generously, we could help to fund an experienced and dedicated lawyer for this family, helping reunite them with their son before more damage is done. The agencies must be held accountable for their mistakes and the systems re-written to prevent something like this ever happening again to anyone else's child. This beautiful boy MUST be returned immediately to his family so healing can begin.
Thank you x

*As per government documentation, children or parties names can not be used whilst court proceedings are ongoing
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Dear cherished supporters,
I have had to make some amendments to my fundraising campaign. I have done everything within my power to comply with the legal requirements for this gfm. I was not aware that by adding the family as beneficiaries gfm would publish these details, there was no indication nor warning that this would be the case. I have now removed the information as obviously I would never want to do anything that could unknowingly jeopardise a case for another. I have removed some details from the story and will change the gfm beneficiary from the family to myself until a resolution is decided on.
A heart felt thank you goes to every single person who has generously donated to the campaign so far. Every dollar will make a difference. Please continue to send this beautiful family love, light and support. And hold your own precious children that extra bit longer and tighter.
Thankyou,
Natalie xx
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The family is truly grateful for everyone’s generosity and heart felt comments. Thankyou
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