A father who says his daughter is too big to die has been criticised for saying the same thing about his own child.
A mother has spoken out after saying her daughter was too big a “baby” to be “born” on Saturday.
In an interview with The Guardian, parents from a Melbourne suburb said their 11-year-old daughter was born a baby in a hospital.
She was given a diagnosis of anorexia nervosa and had been given several drugs, including Prozac.
The interview was conducted in November last year, and has been viewed more than 1.3 million times.
They say the family have spoken to the parents of three other children, who have also given birth to twins.
“My daughter is definitely not a baby,” one father said.
“(I) don’t think she’s got the physical capacity to live, I think she is too small to die.”
We are the parents here and it’s our responsibility to ensure she has the best possible future for her life.
(We) want to be there for her and we want to see her thrive and get the best out of life.
“”We were told she would have a good chance of living, but I was really concerned,” the mother said.”
I have a daughter who’s going to be at the hospital for a few weeks and will be fine.
But my daughter is just not ready yet.
“The father said he was concerned about his daughter’s physical health, but added that he did not want to tell her to “go and die”.”
It’s not my daughter’s fault that she’s a little bit too big for me to see.
“It is my responsibility to protect my daughter and my wife,” he said.
The mother said she had been asked to give the mother a few hours’ time and had received the same treatment.
A spokesperson for the Victorian Health Department said: “The Health and Social Care Ombudsman has received a number of complaints from people in the community about the care of their children and young people and has referred the matter to the Victorian Ombudsman.”
“The Ombudsman is working with the Family and Community Services Ombudsman to identify how the system is working and make recommendations to improve it.”
“We encourage all parents to talk to their children’s doctors, social workers and psychologists and take their concerns seriously.”
A spokesman for the National Health and Medical Research Council said it was not a priority for them to comment on individual cases, but they had a range of resources in place to support families.
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