A claim has been filed in the Supreme Court of Victoria by the family of Marlene Sako, a 25-year-old nurse who set herself on fire and died in 2015. According to The Age, Sako’s surviving relatives are suing Northern Hospital in Epping, Northwestern Mental Health and the triple-zero emergency phone line operators over Marlene’s death.
Sako’s family claims that in the two years leading up to Marlene’s death, all of these organisations failed to provide their daughter with adequate mental health care. Marlene’s mother and five siblings also claim they suffered significant post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety as a result of witnessing Marlene’s death.
“When she became unwell, it was so hard to watch her suffer,” Tereza Sako, Marlene’s mother, said in a statement. “We tried and tried to get services in place for her, but no one was willing to listen to us. No one was willing to help. She didn’t believe anyone would help her and she was right.”
The family claims they reached out to the medical staff at Northern Hospital on numerous occasions but did not receive adequate support.
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