Prisoner's death ruled natural

THE Queensland Coroner has ruled a prisoner who was housed at the Arthur Gorrie Correctional Centre did not die under suspicious circumstances.

Gympie-born Mark William Proberts, 52, died at Brisbane's Princess Alexandra Hospital last year due to multiple chronic medical conditions which had left his organs in a weakened state.

The coroner heard Proberts went to the prison's medical centre on January 29, 2013, complaining that he felt sick.

The prison's medical staff subsequently called an ambulance which transported him to hospital.

When he arrived at hospital he was diagnosed as being septic and triple antibiotic therapy was commenced while investigations took place to identify the source of the sepsis.

While in hospital he was transferred to the hospital's Intensive Care Unit.

The hearing earlier this month heard Proberts was transferred to the coronary care unit on February 2, 2013, where his health remained precarious, before he passed away on February 6.

State Coroner Terry Ryan found none of the correctional officers or inmates at the prison caused or contributed to his death.

He said he was satisfied the medical care provided to Proberts before his death was adequate and appropriate.


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