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Saturday, 29 August 2020

'I physically sobbed': Neurosurgeon battling to save the life of boy, 5, 'beaten to within an inch of his life' reveals the abuse was 'the worst case he'd ever seen' - as his mother and her boyfriend are charged

  • Five-year-old boy 'seriously assaulted' at Sydney south west home on Friday 
  • Mother, 31, and boyfriend, 20, were arrested and face serious assault charges  
  • Doctor who treated the child said it was worst case of suspected abuse he'd seen
A neurosurgeon revealed he broke down sobbing when he saw the horrific injuries sustained by a five-year-old who had allegedly been beaten to within an inch of his life.
The five-year-old was 'seriously assaulted' at a home in Cabramatta about 9.50pm on Friday, police said. 
The boy's 31-year-old mother and her 20-year-old boyfriend have been charged, after the youngster was allegedly beaten with a wooden stick. 
Dr Adam Fowler, who works at the Children's Hospital at Westmead, on Saturday said it was one of the worst cases of suspected child abuse he had ever seen.
'One admission overnight. The worst case of suspected child beating I've ever seen in my professional career,' he tweeted.
'One that made me physically sob whilst examining. I can't even right now.' 
Dr Adam Fowler took to Twitter on Saturday said it was one of the worst cases of suspected abuse he had ever seen
Dr Adam Fowler took to Twitter on Saturday said it was one of the worst cases of suspected abuse he had ever seen
He said the boy now had an army of medical professionals on his side as he fights for his life in hospital.
'Well kiddo! Here's the good news', Dr Fowler continued.
'There's now an ARMY of health and community professionals on your side.
'Day 1 has begun.' 
Emergency crews found a horrific scene and took the child to Liverpool Hospital before he was transferred to Westmead Children's Hospital, where he is in a critical condition.
The child's injuries are understood to be gravely serious.
A NSW Police spokeswoman confirmed one of the adults arrested was the child's parent, and Daily Mail Australia understands it is the boy's mother. 
Emergency crews took the child to Liverpool Hospital before he was transferred to Westmead Children's Hospital (pictured), where he is in a critical condition
Emergency crews took the child to Liverpool Hospital before he was transferred to Westmead Children's Hospital (pictured), where he is in a critical condition
The boy's mother is charged with not providing for the child, causing danger of serious injury.
The man is charged with wounding with intent to cause grievous bodily harm.
They were both refused bail to appear at Parramatta Bail Court on Saturday.
A neighbour told the ABC there was 'a lot of commotion' as the pair were arrested.
Another resident said: 'I'm very sad ... I want him to be OK.
'For me, I have kids too... I don't want him to pass.'  

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