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Aussie Casino Ignored Heart Attack Victim

23 October 2002

AUSTRALIA – As reported by the (Australian) Herald Sun: ``Crown casino bouncers stood around and watched as friends of a man who had a fatal heart attack pleaded for an ambulance to be called, a jury heard yesterday.

``The casino's emergency plan was lamentable and denied Pantelli Aprikidis, 27, the chance of being revived, the County Court was told.

``Mr Aprikidis's widow, Helen, 35, and the couple's six-year-old daughter, are suing Crown for damages claiming the casino was negligent during the early hours of April 26, 1998. The jury heard bouncers allegedly prevented bar staff from immediately calling an ambulance and that an oxygen bottle brought to the dying Mr Aprikidis was empty.

``Jack Keenan, QC, for Mrs Aprikidis and her daughter, told the jury it was an amazing position that for Crown to call an ambulance, the matter had to be reported to a control room, which would dispatch a nurse, who would then make the decision.

``…Mr Keenan told the jury that Mr Aprikidis had been drinking at the casino on Anzac day night and into the early hours of the next day.

``…The trial, before Judge Barton Stott and a jury of six, is expected to continue today…"

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