A mother-of-four is facing trial for allegedly poisoning her son with faeces while he was treated at a Sydney hospital.
The trial of the woman, who cannot be identified for legal purpose, began on Wednesday after years of delays.
She denies injecting faeces into her son’s cannula, who was nine at the time, after he was admitted to Westmead Children’s Hospital in 2014.
During his stay, he developed a fever, became confused and delirious.
Doctors could not work out what was wrong with him.
The prosecution says a number of nurses will give evidence over the course of the trial.
Some will allege they heard the boy scream: “Why are you making me sick… why are you poisoning me?”
A blood diseases expert has also given evidence, saying a particular organism which can only live in the bowel was found in his blood.
His blood culture also tested positive for e.coli.
The 39-year-old woman’s lawyer says there could be an innocent explanation for this, including through contamination.
If found guilty of the charges, the mother faces up to five years in jail.