Morbidly obese boy’s death sparks inquest

The child was rushed to John Hunter Hospital on 17 September 2010, before he died 12 days later.

He suffered from a serious hypoxic brain injury, the inquest heard.

The child had suffered from sleep apnoea from a number of years.

His obesity contributed to his breathing difficulties, which ultimately led to his death, the inquest heard.

The inquest is examining what role the child's parents played as well as the NSW Department of Family and Community Services, the hospital and the NSW Department of Education and Training.

The child was brought to the attention of doctors about four years before his death.

He had a history of breathing difficulties and chest problems.

His parents were provided with equipment and advice to address his sleep apnoea.

At the age of seven the boy weighed almost 50kg and had a body mass index of 30.

He weighed about 70kg by the age of nine.