Doctor was acting on ‘paternal instinct’ when he saved daughter from overdose not her friend

Fatherly instinct drove a doctor to help his daughter instead of a man in a far worse condition after the pair overdosed on heroin, a coroner heard.

Dr Jack Kerry gave evidence to an inquest into the death of Lucas Adam Pike, 43, who overdosed inside Dr Kerry’s Adelaide CBD clinic in March 2016.

He told the coroner on Thursday he found his patient Mr Pike and his daughter Athena Kyriacou unconscious and instinctively began CPR on her.

‘I went straight to my daughter,’ he said.

Dr Jack Kerry said fatherly instinct drove him to help his daughter instead of a man in a far worse condition after the pair overdosed on heroin

Dr Jack Kerry said fatherly instinct drove him to help his daughter instead of a man in a far worse condition after the pair overdosed on heroin

Dr Jack Kerry said fatherly instinct drove him to help his daughter instead of a man in a far worse condition after the pair overdosed on heroin

The coroner heard Ms Kyriacou, Mr Pike and Mr Campbell bought $150 worth of heroin

The coroner heard Ms Kyriacou, Mr Pike and Mr Campbell bought $150 worth of heroin

The coroner heard Ms Kyriacou, Mr Pike and Mr Campbell bought $150 worth of heroin

‘I didn’t know whether she was going to come out of it and I didn’t know whether Luke Pike would come out of it.’

He agreed Mr Pike was in a far worse state than his daughter but said the man had ‘gone past the point of no return’.

‘One look at him, I thought he’d had a cardiac arrest, I thought he was dead. His lips were blue and his face was a reddish hue, not moving at all,’ he said.

However, Dr Kerry said Mr Pike’s condition was not a factor in his decision not to work on him.

‘If Luke Pike had been the only man in that room… I would have been straight onto him straight away,’ he said.

Ms Kyriacou was taken to hospital for further treatment and recovered. She is now trying to start a modelling career

Ms Kyriacou was taken to hospital for further treatment and recovered. She is now trying to start a modelling career

Ms Kyriacou was taken to hospital for further treatment and recovered. She is now trying to start a modelling career

Ms Kyriacou told the court Mr Campbell, who has since died, injected both herself and Mr Pike at the clinic and then collapsed minutes later

Ms Kyriacou told the court Mr Campbell, who has since died, injected both herself and Mr Pike at the clinic and then collapsed minutes later

Ms Kyriacou told the court Mr Campbell, who has since died, injected both herself and Mr Pike at the clinic and then collapsed minutes later

Dr Kerry directed another man Mark Campbell, also his patient, to perform CPR on Mr Pike and briefly took over when Mr Campbell left the room.

Paramedics arrived a short time later and treated Mr Pike, but they were unable to revive him and he died at the scene.

Ms Kyriacou was taken to hospital for further treatment and recovered. She is now trying to start a modelling career.

The coroner heard Ms Kyriacou, Mr Pike and Mr Campbell bought $150 worth of heroin and visited the Hindley Street practice of Dr Kerry, where Ms Kyriacou worked taking blood from patients.

Ms Kyriacou told the court Mr Campbell, who has since died, injected both herself and Mr Pike at the clinic and then collapsed minutes later.

The room in the Hindley Street, Adelaide, practice of Dr Kerry, where Ms Kyriacou worked taking blood from patients

The room in the Hindley Street, Adelaide, practice of Dr Kerry, where Ms Kyriacou worked taking blood from patients

The room in the Hindley Street, Adelaide, practice of Dr Kerry, where Ms Kyriacou worked taking blood from patients

Dr Kerry’s only son also died of a heroin overdose 11 years ago, and also had connections to Mr Campbell. 

Earlier in the week, counsel assisting the coroner Naomi Kereru said police could have missed an opportunity to lay charges over the heroin supply.

On the night of Mr Pike’s death, officers searched a Kurralta Park home after they established a link between his overdose and the address.

They seized drugs and cash, leading to the eventual conviction of a man on trafficking charges.

Ms Kereru said a syringe taken from the medical practice was never recorded in the police report or forensically tested, therefore could not be linked to the supply. 

Ms Kereru said a syringe taken from the medical practice was never recorded in the police report or forensically tested, therefore could not be linked to the supply

Ms Kereru said a syringe taken from the medical practice was never recorded in the police report or forensically tested, therefore could not be linked to the supply

Ms Kereru said a syringe taken from the medical practice was never recorded in the police report or forensically tested, therefore could not be linked to the supply

He told the coroner on Thursday he found his patient Mr Pike and his daughter Athena Kyriacou (pictured) unconscious and instinctively began CPR on her

He told the coroner on Thursday he found his patient Mr Pike and his daughter Athena Kyriacou (pictured) unconscious and instinctively began CPR on her

He told the coroner on Thursday he found his patient Mr Pike and his daughter Athena Kyriacou (pictured) unconscious and instinctively began CPR on her

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