Karl McManus, 44, from Turramurra, Australia passed away in July 2010.
”I was also told he had died from natural causes so an autopsy wasn’t needed”
His widow Mualla Akinci is planning a class action against NSW Health Authority in Australia. Karl became ill within 6 weeks of a tick bite 3 years earlier which initially caused numbness followed by paralysis of his arms. He was bitten by a tick while filming the television show Home and Away in Sydney. The autopsy indicated he had bacteria from Lyme disease in his liver, heart, kidney and lungs.
Mr McManus sadly died while choking on his paralysed tongue. In the months before his death he could no longer lift his head or swallow and was using a message board to communicate.
The authorities previously claimed that Karl had died of ‘natural causes’. [If you look at his picture (in the article links below) you can see that Karl was most definitely NOT dying from natural causes – he was seriously ill]. Tests in Australia proved negative, however in US & Germany they were positive for Lyme.
Ms Akinci had to obtain a court injunction to ensure that an autopsy was carried out on her husband’s body.
Formerly fit and healthy, McManus, 44, was bitten by a tick while working on the set of Home and Away in Waratah Park.
His claim for workers’ compensation was rejected by the insurers Employers Mutual, who wrote to him: ”You have not suffered lyme disease due to the course of your employment … as the diagnosis has not been confirmed and there is no known or proven case in Australia.” Its decision was based on a medical report by the physician Peter Slezak, a Sydney medico-legal consultant.
For Akinci, her husband’s funeral marked the beginning of a long campaign.
She is selling her $2.5 million Turramurra home to fund a lyme disease research foundation and has a message for the authorities: ”Stop telling people this doesn’t exist before someone else dies.”
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”People with lyme disease are being misguided, mistreated and ignored,” Akinci says. ”They are being left in the corner to suffer and die. Nobody wants to know about them and I don’t understand why.”