Parents face decision to turn off youngster's life support

THE parents of a three-year-old girl have been confronted with the heartbreaking decision of whether or not to turn off her life-support.

Doctors have told Sydney couple Desmond Sweeney and Dee Tang that their daughter Kawa Sweeney is essentially brain dead after she was pulled unconscious from the bottom of a pool in Bali.

Family friend Pearl Tan told 7 News that a series of tests had been performed on Kawa but she was "unresponsive".

"There's a lot of disbelief I guess that this has happened," Ms Tan said.

A series of medical shortcomings in Indonesia appears to have made a horror situation worse.

Kawa slipped into an unfenced pool at a surf villa in Bali on Sunday.

A Perth doctor helped to revive her at the scene, but it took 45 minutes for an ambulance to arrive and even then it did not have oxygen.

She went without oxygen for 75 minutes, 7 News reported.

She was eventually flown to Perth's Princess Margaret Hospital.

Ms Tan described Kawa as an "awesome kid" and a "bright spark".

Her father Desmond Sweeney, a Sydney artist, posted a photograph of Kawa to Instagram on Wednesday night thanking his friends for their support.

"So much love for our little girl," he wrote.

"We are overwhelmed by your prayers, thoughts and well wishes. Your meditations are received. They are getting us through this difficult time. Thank you."

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $80,000 for the family, $42,000 of which was used to fly Kawa to hospital in Perth.

News Corp Australia


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