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'Best efforts didn't help asylum seeker'

AAP logoAAP 1/12/2016 Sarah Motherwell

Asylum seeker Hamid Kehazaei's condition did not improve despite the best efforts of medical staff at the processing centre clinic on Manus Island, an inquest has heard.

The 24-year-old Iranian was admitted to the clinic on August 23, 2014 and developed severe sepsis from a cut on his leg.

He was eventually airlifted from Port Moresby to Brisbane's Mater Hospital, where he was declared brain-dead on September 2 and died from septicaemia three days later.

Emergency physician at the clinic Leslie King told the coronial inquest into Mr Kehazaei's death on Thursday that his symptoms improved when he was first admitted.

"We thought we were winning that day," Dr King said.

But after 36 hours as an inpatient Mr Kehazaei stopped responding to the multiple medications given him and Dr King suspected he had another infection, the Brisbane Coroners Court heard.

"He was not improving despite our best efforts," she said via telephone.

"I just remember saying we need to evacuate him."

Dr King said she wanted to get Mr Kehazaei on a commercial flight on the 25th because he was still alert, walking around and laughing.

The request for a medevac happened on the 26th when Mr Kehazaei's condition significantly deteriorated and he became delirious, the court heard.

"I would agree that he did look septic," Dr King said.

Dr King said the decision was made not to intubate Mr Kehazaei because medical staff did not know when he would be flown out and if they had enough medication to keep him sedated and paralysed for that long.

"To say would've, could've, should've as you're comfortably sitting in Australia is very different to working in the environment that I was working in," she said.

The inquest continues.

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