THE family of a girl who died after she was tangled in her skipping rope is fighting a coroner over plans for a post-mortem examination.Sarah Traynor was found hanging from the rope tangled on a backyard swing set at a Bairnsdale home on November 21.
She was suffering cardio-respiratory arrest when paramedics arrived and they were unable to resuscitate her.
The family's barrister, Ian Freckelton SC, told the Victorian Supreme Court today a post-mortem would subject Sarah's family to further heartache.
"To undertake an intrusive dissection of seven-year-old Sarah, you know is going to cause considerable distress to her parents," Dr Freckelton told Justice John Digby.
The coroner had access to a CT scan on Sarah's body, interviews with her parents and doctors' reports, he said.
Dr Freckelton said the coroner should be able to complete her job with the available information and it was "rank speculation" that a post-mortem would be of any value.
"She knows what the cause of death is and she knows the circumstances in which the death occurred," he said.
"There's no suggestion of homicide, suicide, nefarious intrusion by a stanger, drugging, prior abuse or relevant ill health."
But Fiona Ellis, for coroner Heather Spooner, said more details were necessary on the unwitnessed death in "extremely unusual circumstances".
A forensic pathologist who examined Sarah's body the day after the accident had been unable to find a reasonable medical cause of death, Ms Ellis said.
"It's necessary for further evidence for which the coroner can make an informed decision upon," she told the court.
Dr Freckelton noted "extremely unusual circumstances" did not mean they were sinister.
"There is no evidence whatever from any source that the circumstances are viewed by anyone in the investigation of this case as sinister," he said.
The family was happy for incisions to be made so fluids can be used in toxicology tests.
Justice Digby will hand down his ruling on Monday.