Family of 11-Year-Old Girl Who Suffered Severe Brain Damage From Electric Shock To Sue WA Government

Denishar Woods, 11, suffered severe brain damage and permanent blindness after receiving an electric shock from a garden tap. Now, her family is planning to sue the WA government to cover her round-the-clock care.

What you need to know
  • Denishar Woods, 11, suffered severe brain damage and permanent blindness after receiving an electric shock
  • She received up to 250 volts of electricity while trying to turn off a garden tap
  • Her mum, Lacey Harrison, says her daughter's needs are going to be "extreme"
  • The family plans to sue the WA government for breach of care

The family of an 11-year-old girl who suffered severe brain damage after receiving an electric shock at her public housing property plans to sue the WA Government.

Denishar Woods was struck by up to 250 volts of electricity while trying to turn off a garden tap at her Beldon home in Perth's north in March.

The girl sustained a catastrophic brain injury and also lost her sight as a result of the electric shock.

Denishar's mother, Lacey Harrison, confirmed today the family is taking legal action because the WA Government breached its duty of care.

Against the odds, the 11-year-old survived and was able to breathe by herself after being taken off life support at Princess Margaret Hospital, but she requires around the clock care.

The WA housing authority has provided new accommodation for Ms Harrison and her children, who hope to bring Denishar home next week.

Denishar's mother says she's disappointed the government is yet to provide any financial assistance.

"We're asking the government to come forward and support us and help us because nobody has sort of stepped forward and taken responsibility," she said.

"She's doing it hard. She can hear us but she can't see us. She's not walking, she's not talking, she's not eating, she's not drinking… we do everything for her.

"Denishar's care needs are going to be extreme... extreme being that my daughter and my kids are going to be there caring for her 24/7.

"We need justice for Denishar to come home."

The Office of Energy Safety is yet to release its findings from the investigation into the incident.

The lawyers and family will meet with the State Government next week.