The NZ Herald has just reported on the death of Fulole Muliaga. The report said the way the power was disconnected was not a factor. The official cause of death was cardiac arrest caused by morbid obesity.
True, stress may have been a contributory factor but the family knew the effects of disconnection. And having stupid children doesn't help either. The coroner said he accepted her children didn't really know how sick she was and they didn't know doctors felt resuscitation shouldn't be attempted if she went into cardiac arrest. So will Helen Clark attend the funeral of every dead fat woman in South Auckland, or was the whole spectacle, featuring the bosses of state-owned Mercury energy, just a political show trial for Dear Leader's own electoral benefit?
UPDATE: I have just had a quick read of the full report and a few themes are quite significant. First is the poor situation of Mrs Muliaga, her poor kidney function and 'living on the edge' of life, who originally weighed 212kg, was a frequent hospital visitor on various medication, she didn't always take. The Muliagas were also fully aware of how ill Fulole was. Another theme is the abuse shown against the contractor , who received hate mail, he had to send his kids to another school, and the contracting company had to remove company markings from their vehicles to safeguard their staff. Then, there is Mercury Energy, which has changed its procedures towards vulnerable customers. Health Boards have also been given recommendations on what to do. Yes, the circumstances are tragic, but sad as the case is, it is one that boils down to individual responsibility. Attempts have been made to blame Mercury Energy, the DHB, etc, etc, But the responsibility, harsh as it sounds, comes down to personal diet and wellbeing. The cause of death being "natural causes being an arrhythymia caused by morbid obesity". Though with stress from the disconnection a contributory factor. Update2:Dave at Big News says Folole Muliaga was 'one of New Zealand's most obese women.' UPDATE 3: And the Muliagas seek money. UPDATE4: Whale Oil accuses Uncle Helen of corpse cuddling, just as she is doing with with Winston Peters. UPDATE5:Policital Animal notes system to blame- welfare and lack of personal responsibility.