Merna Aprem

Photo of a young woman with wavy brown hair, wearing a black dress.Name: Merna Aprem.
Died: May 23, 2019.
Age at death: 20.
Cause of death: Neglect (Drowned in bath after seizure).
Location: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.

Details:
Merna grew up as one of six children. She had epilepsy, often waking up with bites on her lips from having had an overnight seizure; falls were a danger for her.

She was an avid Star Wars fan who loved swimming and visiting coffee shops. She was a creative young woman who expressed herself in singing, art, and short-story writing.

At 20 years old, Merna moved into a group home where her family trusted she’d be cared for properly. Instead, she drowned when she had a seizure because she was left in the bathtub without an attendant.

References:
Mum wants answers after daughter dies in bath at Sydney group care facility
Autistic woman’s death ‘not an isolated event’
Mum demands answers after death in care
Autistic girl found dead in bath of care home days before her 21st birthday
‘They failed to protect my daughter’: Mum’s grief after daughter dies in care

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