Health

Five-week-old baby with pneumonia turned away from Wollongong Hospital ED

Kate McIlwain
By Kate McIlwain
Updated June 26 2022 - 10:16pm, first published June 23 2022 - 8:00am
"We assumed a crying child in visible pain, grabbing at their stomach would be seen relatively quickly," five -year-old Jessica's dad Robert Sharpe said. Picture: Supplied.

A newborn with breathing problems who waited for five hours surrounded by coughing flu patients.

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Kate McIlwain

Kate McIlwain

Journalist

For the past 11 years, I've helped the Illawarra Mercury set the news agenda across the region. In that time I've covered breaking news, education, politics, urban affairs, council, environment, data journalism and development news. More recently, I became the paper's health reporter - covering the stories of Illawarra workers and residents two years into a global pandemic and at a time where our health systems are stretched to the limit.

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