Autistic son is chained to hospital bed for 14 days leaving parents disgusted at health authorities in the Australian State of Victoria

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Parents of autistic boy horrified after hospital tie him to bed for 14 days
James’ parents were told this was the only care option available (Picture: Browyn Pascoe)

A severely autistic young man was left shackled to a hospital bed for 14 days because health authorities lacked the facilities to care for him, his parents have claimed.

James Pascoe was taken to Northern Hospital in Epping, Victoria when police were called after a violent outburst. He was constrained there for 14 days.

James, who has suffered with autism since the age of two, saw the severity of his condition worsen after the death of his baby sister and two grandparents. His grief developed into fear, anxiety and bouts of aggressiveness towards his family.

His parents Brondwyn and Allan Pascoe were able to control the violent spells of their son, now 21, until he was 16, when they were forced to turn to health authorities in the Australian state of Victoria for help.

The Pascoe family, who wanted to keep James in his home and offer him therapy to deal with his grief, say they persistently lobbied health boards about the lack of care options but they could not secure funding.

credit Browyn Pascoe -James Pascoe shackled to the bed after his parents say repeated pleas for more care have been repeatedly ignored
James was diagnosed with severe autism, aged two (Picture: Browyn Pascoe)

Bronwyn Pascoe told Daily Mail Australia: ‘When my mum passed away in 2012 James started showing outbursts of behaviour and wasn’t coping.

‘He withdrew and became depressed and obsessed with the fact that people died.

‘He kept reliving losing her and was haunted by the fact that his baby sister had died at only a few weeks old. This developed into real trauma.’

The couple were finally told that they should call the police if he became aggressive.

Mrs Pascoe said: ‘We didn’t want to do that. We wanted to have help in our home that would mean we could work with him and provide therapy so he learned how to deal with his anxiety and anger.’

credit Browyn Pascoe -James Pascoe shackled to the bed after his parents say repeated pleas for more care have been repeatedly ignored
Bronwyn and Allan Pascoe with their son James(Picture: Browyn Pascoe)

A spokesperson from the Victorian Department of Human Services said: ‘James was admitted to the Northern Hospital by his family. His family and a consulting physician are making decisions about his care while in hospital,

‘While several options for support have been offered for James’s long term care, these options have not so far been accepted by his family.

‘The department will continue to work with James and his family to make sure he gets appropriate and quality care.’

James Pascoe shackled to the bed after his parents say repeated pleas for more care have been repeatedly ignored
James with his baby sister who died when she was only four and a half weeks old (Picture: Browyn Pascoe)

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5 December 2014 | 8:54 pm – Source: metro.co.uk

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