Coroner's Court of Western Australia

Inquest into the Death of Michael Warren DYBALL

Inquest into the Death of Michael Warren DYBALL

Delivered on : 3 June 2020

Delivered at : Perth

Finding of : Coroner Linton

Recommendations : N/A

Orders/Rules : N/A

Suppression Order : N/A

Summary : At the time of Mr Dyball’s death he was a sentenced prisoner who was serving his sentence at Casuarina Prison.

Prior to Mr Dyball’s imprisonment he had been diagnosed with kidney disease and was seeing a kidney specialist. While serving his sentence he suffered chronic renal failure and was also diagnosed with an oropharyngeal tumour at the base of his tongue. Mr Dyball received medical treatment for both, but his health continued to deteriorate. The treatments for the tumour left Mr Dyball unable to swallow or talk and he had to have a PEG tube inserted to be fed. Mr Dyball was cared for in the Casuarina Prison Infirmary with input from various specialist hospital teams.

On 28 April 2016 Mr Dyball was found unresponsive in his bed in the prison Infirmary. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation was commenced by health centre staff and an ambulance attended and took Mr Dyball to Fiona Stanley Hospital where he was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit. After consultation with his family, a decision was made to palliate him and he was kept comfortable until he died in hospital on 1 May 2016.

The Coroner considered all the evidence and concluded the care provided to Mr Dyball while he was a prisoner was of a high standard and equivalent to what he would have been able to receive if he was living in the community.

Catch Words : Death in Custody : Kidney Disease : Oropharyngeal Tumour : Supervision, Treatment and Care : Natural Causes

Last updated: 20-Jul-2020

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