How Liam Anderson's Alleged Killer Exposed A Hospital's Lifesaving Drug Shortage
Shortly after Mathew Flame was arrested by police, the accused killer was taken to hospital with an injured hand and foot.
He had allegedly beaten and stomped on Liam Anderson so hard that blood was everywhere, and the son of rocker "Angry" Anderson couldn't be saved.
It had required five officers to take him into custody.
Naturally, police immediately wanted to question Flame over exactly what had happened in the Queenscliff park on Sydney's northern beaches in the early hours of Sunday morning.
But he needed medical treatment first.
He was taken to the Northern Beaches Hospital, with a suspected broken hand.
Doctors decided to give him a tetanus booster.
But there was a problem.
10 News First understands no-one could find a tetanus shot. Not anywhere in the entire hospital.
The newest hospital in NSW, which had opened just a week earlier -- to great fanfare -- was without a basic, commonly used, and life-saving medication.
In a statement, the hospital's private operators Healthscope wouldn't comment directly on Mathew Flame, but confirmed the problem.
“Northern Beaches Hospital had a demand and supply issue for a short period of time over the weekend," the statement said.
"This was rectified on Monday."
“We are prevented by law to share any patient information without a patients consent.”
The $600 million dollar facility at Frenchs Forest has 488 hospital beds, 14 operating theatres, 1400 car spaces, a helipad, and 50 spaces in the emergency department.
But -- for two days at least -- no tetanus shots.
NSW Health guidelines say tetanus boosters should be given to "adults who have sustained tetanus prone wounds (such as) open fractures, deep penetrating wounds, contaminated wounds or burns", if more than five years have elapsed since their last dose.
The guidelines describe tetanus as a "severe disease caused by infection", which can cause "serious illness and death".