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QUESTION: Darwin paediatrician who could report on the effects of a blood lead level of 0.79 mol/L (16.4 g/dL) - 13 Jun 2007 Northern Territory, Australia

My son Manoli suffered 0.79mml [0.79 micromoles per litre - mol/L - lead in blood] In august 2006 8t, he development went fine all the way to 3.5 years old he is now presenting signs of an Autistic child has been assessed from psychiatric doctor and has advised me that Manoli is not autistic and that he is suffering the lead poisoning can someone please tell me how much would this lead will have an effect on my child, the lead was due to poor housing commission that we moved in the house On the 23rd of June 2005 Manoli was fine with a normal development, there Was burning fire at the back of the property that contained car Batteries, {burnt} also springs, rags lamps, {the one that turn on with Petrol} also woods and much more, we had cleared up all the rubbish but there Was ash sitting there that my son Manoli was playing in and I was moving Him away from the ash, I never knew what lead was because Im a House duties person and I have 5 children, all I basically need to know is that Does this amount of lead affect my child, he was assessed by paediatricians and they only treated him for iron liquid, due to he became anaemic.

ANSWER: 15 Jun 2007

Dear Attoumissa,

I asked one of the paediatricians on our Technical Advisory Board for the names of lead-knowledgeable paediatricians in Darwin and he provided several names - some of whom are no longer doing consultations and some who are in private practice and one who is working at the Menzies School of Health Research. I asked the Menzies School researcher if they see patients and they don't but they referred me again to the guy at the head of the original list I received. So it seems the best referral your GP could write for you is to that guy:

Dr Charles Kilburn,

Consultant Paediatrician, Specialist Staff, Royal Darwin Hospital

Rocklands Drive

Tiwi NT 0810

ph switch 0889228888

email: [email protected]; general: [email protected]

If you can't get an appointment to see Dr Kilburn within a reasonable timeframe, please let me know and I'll send you the names of the other paediatricians on the list who are in private practice.

I will also email you two of our Info Packs that are relevant to your case: Lead poisoning and nutrition + The dangers of a blood lead level above 2 g/dL. The blood lead level that your son had is correctly written as 0.79 mol/L (micrograms/litre) which is the equivalent (in the more common units used in the research) of 16.4 g/dL (micrograms per decilitre).

What I'm really keen to know from you is whether an Environmental Health Officer has collected a sample of the ash for analysis? If so, what was the result?

Please keep in touch - I'd like to hear that your son's lead poisoning is being well managed and that the housing department has compensated you for his injury.

All the best

Yours Sincerely

Elizabeth OBrien

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