Mother and father, 32 and 34 years old, are confronted with prison after they have admitted that they have inflicted severe injuries on their daughter. The 19-month-old patient developed serious health problems – including rickets, a bone disease developed by malnutrition. A court in Sydney, Australia, heard the toddler be fed breakfast with oatmeal, rice milk and bananas, followed by a jam and a peanut butter toast for lunch. She was offered tofu, rice, or potatoes in the evening, but the couple said her daughter was a "fussy eater," so she would eat oats again.
The extremely vegan diet resulted in serious nutritional deficiencies for the toddler, including lack of calcium, phosphate, vitamin B1
The child was hospitalized in March of this year after a seizure. As a result, doctors discovered their poor health.
The girl was found to weigh only 4.9 kg, less than twice her birth weight.
The doctors realized that the girl had a severe vitamin deficiency, and her mother had told them that she fed her a completely vegan diet.
A low vitamin D level can lead to bone disease, and doctors found the nutrient in the child "undetectable".
The girl's bones were so brittle that she had fractures all over her body, leading physicians believed they were broken by "normal handling".
The doctors labeled the child "floppy" and found that she could not crawl or speak.
It was found that the parents did not send their daughter for vaccinations and check-ups
The child also had no birth certificate or Medicare number.
The toddler is now nursing with her other two brothers. at the age of four and six years.
Since then, the girl has gained six kilograms and is walking and standing alone.
The doctors say it's still "compulsory," it continues therapy and is monitored regularly.
After the couple was found guilty of failing to care for a child and cause serious injury, and the charges of reckless assault were withdrawn.
Parents return to the Downing Center in Sydney, Australia, on January 16.