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dateline: 24 May 2011

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Toddler Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • toddler: a very young child (1-3 years)
  • veterinary: related to the health care of animals
  • day-care: a place where young children are cared for while their parents or guardians are at work
  • dehydrated: to have lost a lot of water from the body
  • organ transplant: the placing of a healthy organ (such as the heart) from a donor into the body of another person who needs it

Toddler Dies After Being Left In Hot Car

A 22-month-old baby was declared brain dead three days after being left in her father’s hot car in . The father, a professor of veterinary medicine, said he thought he had dropped his daughter off at day-care. When he returned to his vehicle after work, he realised his baby was still inside. Baby Elena was to hospital severely dehydrated, but could not be saved. The father told reporters that it was like someone “pulled the ” from his brain. The baby’s mother is eight months . She defended her partner, saying it could happen to anyone. Elena’s heart, liver and were given to four children in need of organ transplants.

Comprehension Questions

  1. When did the father discover that his child was still in the car?
  2. What was significant about the mother’s condition before this loss?
  3. What did the parents do after Elena died?

Discussion Question: Following Elena’s death, her father faced manslaughter charges. Do you believe a parent should be punished for a child’s accidental death?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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