Catena’s obsession with food was triggered by the death of her mother when she was 11. Becoming depressed, the young girl quickly began to lose weight. By the time she began high school, she was hiding food and her healthy 63kg body began wasting away.
But despite pleas to doctors that his daughter was sick, Mr Di Mauro was told she “was not sick enough”. It was not until she was 15 that she was admitted to an adult psychiatric ward at Royal Prince Alfred. Her ravaged body withered away to 26kg, the equivalent of an eight-year-old.
At last, his beloved daughter has been admitted to hospital, where she can receive treatment for the anorexia that has ravaged her body. So imagine how he feels when, two weeks later, doctors tell him that Catena, then 15, is going to be discharged. “I said to them, ‘If you can’t care for her here, how am I supposed to look after her at home?’” recalls Frank.
On more then lets say 30- 40 occasions because that how many times it accrued Catena was sent home if her blood test results were cleared. Say 4-5 hours later she would either have kidney failure, faint, or heart pains. We would rush her back and she would then have another blood test and the result would be that she is unstable.
So why did the Doctors or nurses send her home in the first place . This wasn’t on one occasion this happened, it happened so many times when they sent her home saying she was OK . And then couple hours later her life would be at risk . My opinion is they simply tried to get RID of her.
~ Paolo Di Mauro, Catena’s twin brother
They gave her a room, with a bathroom in there… That’s like giving an alcoholic keys to a pub across the road they aren’t helping the situation . They would let her eat orally and then she would obviously go and purge it up with ease .. Shortly after the nurse would approach her and say, “Catena because you have thrown up you must have a supplement drink to replace what you have just thrown up.” Catena would say no, they would ask another 3-4 times she would say no.
Then they would give her the OPTION of having the tube, anyone one would say NO to that ..So then you ask what happens .. They simply put her away in a room no padded walls, nothing but a isolated dark room. Where she would be in there crying for hours like it was detention. Is this how you treat this?
~ Paolo Di Mauro
As Catena Di Mauro left her grandmother’s home last week, she whispered the words “You remember I love you”.
They were the last words she said to her family before she lost a seven-year battle with anorexia nervosa.The 20-year-old Sydney woman died on Saturday, her frail body weighing just 32kg.
Jeny Romero & Bernice Burgos