The confronting trauma the sole survivor of Leongatha’s deadly mushroom lunch had to deal with as he continues his miracle recovery in hospital – and he’s now close to helping police
- Four people poisoned at family lunch in Leongatha
- Three died from the poisonous beef wellington
- Pastor Ian Wilkinson remains in hospital
- Concern raised over a mushroom meal
The lone survivor of a deadly poison mushroom lunch is making great leaps forward in his recovery – with hope he may soon be able to help detectives.
Pastor Ian Wilkinson was the only person to survive the poisonous beef wellington dished up on July 29 by stay-at-home mum Erin Patterson in Leongatha, Victoria.
Daily Mail Australia has been told Mr Wilkinson endured a recent scare in hospital when staff dished-up a mushroom fettuccine to patients around him.
Erin Patterson is pictured outside her home days after serving the killer meal
Ian Wilkinson and Heather Wilkinson (both pictured) became severely ill after they ate wild mushrooms. Mrs Wilkinson died while her husband remains in hospital
A source told Daily Mail Australia that family members of the still incapacitated Mr Wilkinson were horrified when staff began serving up the mushroom dish.
Mr Wilkinson, 68, remains in the Austin Hospital in Melbourne after suffering traumatic injuries to his liver from the toxins he is feared to have consumed at the lunch.
Mr Wilkinson, his wife Heather and her sister Gail and husband Don Patterson had been invited over for lunch as part of a ‘mediation’ gathering to discuss Ms Patterson’s relationship with her estranged husband Simon, who pulled out at the last minute.
The source claimed distraught family members confronted staff about the dish, but were advised they would only stop serving the meal if Mr Wilkinson had a specific allergy to mushrooms.
‘He’s not in there for an allergy, so there was nothing they could do,’ the source said. ‘They weren’t happy.’
The Austin Hospital did not deny the incident had taken place. ‘At Austin Health we have a comprehensive menu that contains a number of meals across different cuisines,’ a spokeswoman said.
‘We aren’t in a position to release information related to individual meals received by patients.’
The source further claimed Mr Wilkinson had taken big steps forward in his recovery – despite not having a liver transplant.
Gail and Don Patterson died after eating the mushrooms. Erin was previously married to their son, Simon
Ian Wilkinson has been staying at the Austin Hospital (pictured)
Simon Patterson was supposed to join his parents for the lunch that killed them
Last month, Simon Patterson told mourners at a memorial for his parents that his father, who was aged two years older than Mr Wilkinson, endured a liver transplant before dying.
It remains unclear why Mr Wilkinson did not have a transplant.
The source claimed Mr Wilkinson remained too unwell to speak with detectives, who continue to probe how the four victims were poisoned and why.
Mr Wilkinson could hold the key to what really happened.
Daily Mail Australia revealed last month Mr Wilkinson only likely survived because he was rushed to a hospital known for its expertise in treating patients suffering from poisonings.
A hospital insider told Daily Mail Australia said that Mr Wilkinson had not been transported to the Austin Hospital – recognised as the go-to hospital for Victoria’s most critically ill patients – for one specific reason that likely saved his life.
‘The Austin was not the natural hospital to go to. From Leongatha the closest hospital is Monash Medical Centre – that’s where they normally go. They’ve basically gone to the hospital the farthest away they could,’ the source said.
‘The main intensive care unit, and you need the best, you go to The Alfred or Royal Melbourne. They haven’t done that either. The state’s poison centre is at the Austin, so that’s why he’s gone there. That says they’re more interested in dealing with the mushrooms than the intensive care part of it.’
Simon Patterson paid tribute to his parents during a memorial last month
The final resting places of Don and Gail Patterson at Korumburra