Flying doctor pays a visit to Mossman
A MELBOURNE child health specialist has called into Mossman to visit a patient as part of a flying tour of Australia.
Dr Andrew Kornberg from the Royal Children’s Hospital (RCH) in Melbourne paid a visit to St Augustine’s School to see his patient Lauren Mulane, as promised, and talk to students about his solo journey around Australia.
“I’m flying an aeroplane called Freedom. It’s an apt name because I’m free to do this,” he said.
“The whole purpose of it is to free children from disease.”
The paediatric neurologist has been flying around Australia for a month to raise money for the hospital, visiting patients and speaking at schools.
His stop at Mossman involved speaking to Lauren’s class and then judging a paperplane throwing competition among students.
“Even though this is raising money for the RCH, we shouldn’t think about it parochially. The RCH looks after kids from all over Australia,” he said.
Dr Kornberg said that RCH services were difficult to offer everywhere in Australia.
He said it was important that children, like Lauren, were able to access the skills, science and technology at major hospitals far away from places such as Mossman.
He said that Lauren, who was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis (MG) when she was 2 ½ years old, suffered from a disease that was not fully understood and it was important to continue her treatment.
“We know the problem, we know what to do, but there’s something that triggers it,” Dr Kornberg said. “The good thing for Lauren is we do have good treatments ... she’s gone from a child that is in and out of hospital with problems swallowing to a perfectly independent child with issues with fatigue.”
He said that Lauren was a success story because of the commitment of Lauren and her parents Erin and Josh.
St Augustine’s students and parents raised $460 for the Fly for the Kids initiative, which is part of the RCH’s Good Friday Appeal.
Harrison Patrick at the Country Bush round at the Mossman Showgrounds on Saturday.
Dr Andrew Kornberg and his patient Lauren Mulane.