EXCLUSIVE: Mushroom Deaths: Lone Survivor of Erin Patterson’s Poisonous Beef Wellington Dish Holds the Key to What Happened on the Deadly Luncheon

The sole survivor of a lethal toxic mushroom luncheon that killed three folks, together with his spouse, may maintain the important thing to what actually occurred.

Pastor Ian Wilkinson was the one particular person to outlive the poisonous beef wellington dished up on July 29 by stay-at-home mother Erin Patterson in Leongatha, Victoria.

Mr Wilkinson, his spouse Heather and her sister Gail and husband Don Patterson have been invited to lunch as a part of a ‘mediation’ assembly to debate Mrs. Patterson’s relationship together with her estranged husband Simon, who canceled on the final minute.

The Pattersons and Mrs. Wilkinson died days later.

Erin Patterson is photographed outdoors her dwelling on Tuesday

Ian Wilkinson and Heather Wilkinson (each pictured) turned significantly sick after consuming wild mushrooms. Mrs Wilkinson died whereas her husband is in crucial situation in hospital

Gail and Don Patterson died after consuming the mushrooms. Erin was beforehand married to their son, Simon

Daily Mail Australia can reveal that Mr Wilkinson in all probability solely survived as a result of he was rushed to a hospital famend for its experience in treating sufferers affected by poisoning.

Wilkinson, 68, is in Melbourne’s Austin Hospital in a crucial situation after struggling traumatic accidents to his liver from the toxins he allegedly ingested at lunch.

A hospital insider advised the Daily Mail Australia on Monday that Mr Wilkinson had not been transported to The Alfred – acknowledged because the hospital for Victoria’s most significantly sick sufferers – for a particular purpose that in all probability saved his life.

“The Austin wasn’t the natural hospital to go to. From Leongatha the nearest hospital is Monash Medical Center – that’s where they normally go. They actually went as far as they could to the hospital,” the supply stated.

‘The main intensive care unit, and when you need the best, you go to The Alfred of Royal Melbourne. They didn’t both. The state poison heart is within the Austin, in order that’s why he went there. That says they’re extra interested by dealing with the mushrooms than the intensive care a part of it.’

Simon Patterson would be part of his dad and mom for the lunch that price them their lives

The above household tree exhibits the connections between the Pattersons and Wilkinsons embroiled within the uncommon Leongatha poisoning drama

Mr Wilkinson is anticipated to require an pressing liver transplant and has additionally probably suffered in depth harm to his kidneys.

“I suspect he’ll get out of this because if they thought he was that unwell and they just needed the best intensive care, I think he’d be in The Alfred. He’s probably getting a transplant. There’s a chance he’s already had one, but no one will tell you because it could identify the donor,” the supply stated.

The insider stated transplant organs are usually not delivered except they’re certain the affected person will get up.

“You don’t want to waste any. You’re not going to give one to someone who can’t make it,’ he said.

The source said people don’t just “wake up” from a coma, with some sufferers slowly regaining consciousness earlier than falling again into it.

“It takes a few days and very often someone wakes up and then they fall down and have to put it back down quickly and it can take two or three times for their body to kick into gear,” he stated.

The insider believes Mr Wilkinson is probably going nonetheless closely sedated after spending days on life assist machines that successfully stored him alive.

Erin gave her first detailed account of the deadly meal in a prolonged written assertion to Victoria Police obtained by the ABC on Monday.

She had beforehand given an interview with out remark to police initially of their investigation, blaming the police for her resolution because it was a “terrifying and terrifying” expertise.

Erin has now revealed that she turned unwell after consuming the meal and that whereas she was in hospital her ex-husband Simon Patterson accused her of poisoning his dad and mom.

She stated she was “talking about the food hydrator” she used to arrange the meal when her ex-husband requested, “Is that what you used to poison them?”

In a panic, Erin has admitted that she then dumped the dehydrator at a close-by landfill.

Food dehydrators are used to dry out mushrooms earlier than they’re utilized in beef boots.

Those who died have been all deeply concerned with the Korumburra Baptist Church (pictured)

Erin has admitted to mendacity to the police about how way back she threw out the dehydrator. She initially shared that she dumped it there “a long time ago,” however has now revealed that she did so after her friends fell sick.

Police are inspecting CCTV footage of the dump to find out when it was dumped.

Elsewhere within the police assertion, Erin stated she served the meal earlier than inviting friends to decide on their very own plate.

She then took the final plate and ate a portion of beef wellington.

The subsequent day her two youngsters additionally ate the meal, however the mushrooms have been scraped off first as a result of they don’t prefer it.

It was beforehand claimed that the youngsters have been current on the lethal luncheon, but it surely has now emerged that they have been really within the cinema on the time.

Erin stated she was then hospitalized with extreme stomach ache and diarrhoea, and was given a saline drip and a “liver-protective drug.”

She was transported by ambulance from Leongatha Hospital to Monash Medical Center in Melbourne.

Gippsland Southern Health Service confirmed final Friday {that a} fifth particular person, who initially got here to Leongatha Hospital on July 30 with signs of doable meals poisoning, later returned and was subsequently transferred to Monash Medical Center as effectively.

What was left of the meal was saved and given to hospital toxicologists for examination after Erin was approached by Health Department officers because the situation of her hospital friends deteriorated.

Erin advised police the mushrooms have been a combination of mushrooms purchased months earlier from a grocery store and dried mushrooms purchased months earlier from an Asian grocery store in Melbourne.

The leaked police assertion is the primary time Erin has spoken at size concerning the tragedy.

“I now deeply regret not answering some of the questions… given the nightmare this process has become,” she stated.

“I now want to clear the record as I have become extremely stressed and overwhelmed by the deaths of my loved ones.

“I hope this statement can help in some way. I believe that if people understood the background better, they wouldn’t be so quick to judge.

“I am devastated now to think that these mushrooms may have contributed to the illness of my loved ones. I really want to reiterate that I had absolutely no reason to hurt these people I loved.”


Saturday July 29

Don and Gail Patterson and Heather and Ian Wilkinson (a minister) meet at Erin Patterson’s dwelling in Leongatha, northeast of Melbourne, for lunch and east of her beef wellington

Erin’s two children go to the films

Sunday July 30

Erin’s children eat leftover beef wellington however with the mushrooms scraped off.

All 4 lunch friends who come to the hospital really feel sick. At first they’re thought to have gastro.

As their situation worsens, they’re being transferred to Melbourne hospitals.

Erin additionally goes to the hospital.

Monday July 31

Erin is taken to a Melbourne hospital the place she is handled for poisoning

Friday August 4

Gail and Heather die in hospital.

The police discover Erin’s dehydrator dumped at a tip

Saturday August 5

Don dies in hospital. The police search Erin Patterson’s dwelling in Leongatha and seize numerous objects.

Sunday August 6

The police return to Erin’s home to query her. She hears loud crying from inside the home earlier than the 4 officers depart.

Monday August 7

Victoria Police Detective Inspector Dean Thomas confirms that Erin is being handled as an individual of curiosity within the case.

However, he says the investigation remains to be in its early phases and it has but to be decided whether or not the deaths are suspicious.

A short while later, Erin breaks her silence and speaks to reporters outdoors the home. She says she is devastated and “loves” the 4 relations who got here to her dwelling. She denies any allegations, however received’t reply questions on the place the mushrooms come from, who picked them, or what sort of meal she ready for her friends.

Tuesday August 8

In a weird twist, it was revealed that Simon Patterson suffered from a mysterious abdomen sickness in June 2022. He fell right into a coma and was in ICU for 21 days. His case has but to be defined by medical doctors.

Forensics are underway to search out traces of the lifeless cap mushroom on the dehydrator. The police suspect that it was used in the course of the preparation of the meal.

Wednesday, August 9

Daily Mail Australia reveals that Simon Patterson was anticipated to attend the luncheon however pulled out on the final minute

Thursday, August 10

Erin Patterson tells reporters she is driving to Melbourne to see her legal professionals. A consultant from the legislation agency later arrives at her home to ship a letter, however she will not be dwelling.

Friday August 11: Erin Patterson makes an extended written assertion to the police