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15-Year-Old Dies After Teachers Dismissed His Illness as “Homesickness” | “Not the Type of Child to Make a Fuss”
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15-Year-Old Dies After Teachers Dismissed His Illness as “Homesickness” | “Not the Type of Child to Make a Fuss”

The teacher who was with him also died this year, in April, as they could not cope with the tragedy.

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Despite the student's extreme physical deterioration, a young boy tragically died during a school trip to Europe because instructors and physicians dismissed his ailment as "homesickness." Timothy Fehring, 15, of Melbourne's Blackburn High School, died on June 28, 2019, just six days into his international vacation. Teachers on the trip thought Tim's demands to be brought to the hospital were an attempt to avoid participating in planned activities. Tim was taken to visit a doctor in Germany earlier in the trip, who agreed that his symptoms, which included vomiting and significant loss of appetite, may be caused by homesickness and constipation, reports Daily Mail.

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His death occurred after he was urged to continue engaging in scheduled activities, during which he vomited in street bins frequently and struggled to keep up owing to his illness. He was taken to the doctor in Austria to get prepared to fly home after his parents and teachers decided that he should not continue with the trip. Tim died while visiting a doctor's office in Vienna with assistant principal Geoff Vezey, 52. He was found lifeless on the office floor when the adolescent went to wait outside in the corridor, drenched in vomit and with blood trickling from his nose.