If it is winter in our hemisphere, it is summer in the other. This evidence unfortunately brings with it another fact: somewhere in the world, near or far, children continue to lose their lives because they are forgotten in a car under the sun.
We have reported on it several times and this time it happened in Townsville, a coastal town in the northern Queensland region of Australia. The reports are, as always, cold and severe. A few days ago, on 26 November, the thermometer outside read 32.8 C. A mother arrived at Townsville University Hospital by car, with her three-year-old daughter on board. Tragically, the medical staff could only conclude that the child had died.
Investigations are ongoing, but the leaked information suggests that this is a new episode of dissociative amnesia. Another parent, perhaps irreproachable, whose brain ‘switches off’ or rather switches off a connection relating to a routine action. Like taking the child to nursery school, bringing him home, physically moving him to this or that place. So the child is forgotten in the car, where in summer the temperature rises to unbearable levels in a matter of minutes (if not seconds).
Here the terrible news in English.
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