Last remaining survivor of poisonous mushroom lunch that killed three released from hospital
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The only survivor of the group who ate poisonous mushrooms for lunch has been released from hospital.
The fateful meal was organised by Erin from Victoria, Australia and held at her home.
She'd invited her former in-laws, Gail and Don Patterson, as well as Mrs Patterson's sister, Heather Wilkinson, and her husband Reverend Ian Wilkinson, to the meal.
However, just a few days after the lunch the four guests all fell ill. Mrs Wilkinson and Mrs Patterson both passed away on 4 August, with Mr Patterson dying the following day on 5 August.
Up until Saturday, Mr Wilkinson was still in hospital in a critical state, but thankfully has been allowed to leave and return home now.
Mr Wilkinson's family have confirmed that he is now making 'significant progress' at home after being discharged. He had spent over 50 days in the hospital after the tragedy happened.
A spokesperson for the family said: "This milestone marks a moment of immense relief and gratitude for Ian and the entire Wilkinson family.
"The Wilkinson family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to the Leongatha, Dandenong and Austin Hospitals for their unwavering dedication and exceptional care that played a pivotal role in Ian's recovery.
"The medical team's expertise and compassion have been a source of comfort and hope throughout this journey."
The family have also thanked members of the community and the church for their good gestures.
"This collective kindness has been a pillar of strength for Ian and the family, reinforcing the sense of unity and compassion that defines our community," they said.
Erin Patterson and her two children who also ate at the gathering did not fall ill, but the children are said to have eaten a different meal. Erin's ex-husband Simon Patterson was also supposed to be joining the gathering, but cancelled at the last minute.
An investigation was launched into the unusual circumstances surrounding the deaths, with Ms Patterson being interviewed by police but later being released without charge. She does, however, still remain a suspect in the case.
48-year-old Erin Patterson has pleaded her innocence, saying: "The loss to the community and to the families and my own children who have lost their grandmother… I just can't fathom what has happened.
"I'm so sorry that they have lost their lives. I just can't believe it.
"I didn't do anything, I love them and I'm devastated they are gone."