The Guardian festival blog: Defqon.1 festival overdose victim may have survived given better medical care | Australia news

by Michael McGowan
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An independent expert report found that a 23-year-old man who died at the Defqon.1 music festival last year may have survived if he’d received better care at the event.

Joseph Pham, 23, was one of two young people who died after taking MDMA at the Defqon.1 festival in western Sydney last September.

Along with Diana Nguyen, 21, who also died after attending the event, he is one of the six people whose deaths from MDMA toxicity are being investigated by the New South Wales coroner.

Last week the inquest heard about multiple issues with the medical care provided at some of the festivals and paid particular attention to the service provider EMS, which was employed at Defqon.1.

The inquest heard the 30,000-person event had only two doctors on staff, including one, Andrew Beshara, who had never independently intubated a patient.

Dr Andrew Beshara

Andrew Beshara, the more junior of the two doctors working in the festival’s medical tent….


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