Household and medical experts are nonetheless trying to find solutions six months after an Australian man died in “absolute agony” of salmonella — they usually consider he might have developed the an infection after consuming a gecko on a dare.

David Dowell, 34, began complaining of abdomen issues the day after a Christmas occasion on Saturday, Dec. 1, however thought it was only a hangover, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.

“Then on Monday, it was popping out each ends and he was actually sick and the second he began throwing up and it was inexperienced, that’s once they rang the ambulance,” Hannah, his sister, instructed the newspaper.

She claims that the paramedics thought he simply had a abdomen bug and didn’t wish to take him to the hospital, however she insisted. Someday later, he was identified with salmonella, a standard and curable an infection from contaminated meals or water, at Mater Hospital.

It was initially suspected that Dowell had gotten salmonella from consuming hen, till one in all his pals stated he ate a gecko on the occasion, in accordance with Hannah. She added that Dowell’s companion, Allira Bricknell, shared that data together with his physician, who stated, “’That would have been it.’ ”

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Nevertheless, there are conflicting experiences of whether or not Dowell really ate a gecko.

“There was no proof that he really ate it as a result of there was: ‘Oh yeah I noticed him eat it.’ After which: ‘No, I didn’t see him eat it,’ ” Hannah stated. “It was a dare, so he might need supposed to eat it after which thrown it away. On the finish of the day, we don’t know whether or not he really ate the gecko.”

Bricknell concurred, saying she can also’t make sure: “It was a dare however I don’t know if it was a severe one, I used to be paying consideration however probably not as a result of it was a Christmas occasion and the children have been invited,” she instructed

On the hospital, Dowell’s situation was poor, his household stated. Hannah says that her brother’s physique was swollen, he was throwing up inexperienced liquid, his urine was black and he had fluid in his lungs.

“Once I went up and noticed him, he was simply in absolute agony,” she instructed the Sydney Morning Herald.

His household says by the point medical doctors moved him into surgical procedure it was too late.

“We needed to ask for ache reduction for David … He was put right into a coma as a result of they couldn’t management his ache. We by no means actually received to say goodbye to him,” Hannah stated. “It was like they didn’t actually care. The second he received moved into the intensive care unit, that’s once they received severe.” He died on Dec. 11, ten days after the Christmas occasion.

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In an announcement to PEOPLE, Mater stated that they’re sorry for his loss, however can not remark additional.

“Mater affords its deepest condolences to the household of Mr David Dowell. Mr Dowell’s case was referred to the Coroner, who decided Mater had supplied applicable care and no additional motion was required. Mater is unable to remark additional on the case as a result of affected person confidentiality.”

However Bricknell stated she doesn’t take problem with Mater’s therapy of Dowell.

“We don’t know 100 % how he handed however on the precise loss of life certificates, it did say ingestion of a gecko so I’m assuming it was that,” she instructed

What Bricknell — who shares three youngsters with Dowell — does know is that she severely misses him.

“He was a terrific particular person, he was the perfect particular person I’ve ever met, he was the perfect dad to our kids,” she stated. “He was like an enormous child, he was the joker … the lifetime of the occasion. I don’t assume there was anybody who met him who didn’t love the particular person he was.”

Hannah stated that she needs “justice for David” and additional investigation into his loss of life.

“You don’t ever assume something like this might ever occur to you after which it does,” she instructed the Sydney Morning Herald.

Hannah added that she hopes this by no means occurs to a different household.

“Look out for the indicators and notice how unhealthy salmonella will be, so we will stop it from taking place to another person,” she stated.

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