Community digs deep for Aishwarya’s grieving family

Generous West Australians are raising funds for the heartbroken family of Aishwarya Aswath, who died after a two-hour wait in the Emergency Department at Perth Children’s Hospital.

A coffee shop in Perth’s north-east, which buys its fresh fruit from Aishwarya’s family fruit store, has started an online fundraiser for the grieving parents of the seven-year-old.

The owners of Lucy’s Tearooms in Northam, Jessica Joy and Sue Rodgers, shared the GoFundMe page on social media, raising funds to help ease the financial burden on Aishwarya’s family.

We just wanted to do something to help.

The tearoom’s owners are customers of the family’s Morley growers market and have been for years.

“They deliver to us every Tuesday here in Northam, and when they still came up this Tuesday it was heartbreaking… we just wanted to do something to help,” the pair said on the Gofundme.

“Both Aswath Sasidharan and Prasitha Sasidharan are devastated over the loss of their princess so we are starting this GoFundMe page to help them with ongoing costs which will help alleviate more stress to their family at this awful time.”

They have raised more than $1700 out of their $20,000 goal.

Many have taken to online fundraising to help the family, with thousands of dollars being raised since Saturday.

Camera IconAishwarya’s parents Aswath Chavittupara and Prasitha Sasidharan. Credit: 9NEWS/9NEWS

Social media has been flooded with condolences for the family after the seven-year-old’s tragic death at Perth Children’s Hospital last week.

Aishwarya died in the hospital’s Emergency Department after waiting two hours before she was seen by a doctor.

The Year 3 student was taken to PCH Saturday night after a fever she received Good Friday after her condition deteriorated.

Her terrified parents waited in the Emergency Department for two hours, begging for help for their daughter. Aishwarya died 10 minutes after she was seen by a doctor.

Australian Medical Association (WA) president Andrew Miller said the child’s symptoms and sudden deterioration were consistent with “overwhelming sepsis.”

Seven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath who died while waiting to be seen at the Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department.
Camera IconSeven-year-old Aishwarya Aswath who died while waiting to be seen at the Perth Children’s Hospital emergency department. Credit: Supplied

“This is only speculation but a child presenting with fever who dies soon after, one of the first things you would think about it sepsis — usually something like meningitis or pneumococcal septicaemia,” Mr Miller said.

GoFundMe has warned of online scammers and to be vigilant when donating money.

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