Fly­ing doc­tor pays a visit to Moss­man

Port Douglas & Mossman Gazette - - NEWS - Scott Tibballs Read more about Dr Korn­berg’s jour­ney at fly­forthekids.org.au.

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.

Pic­ture: SUPPLIED

Har­ri­son Pa­trick at the Coun­try Bush round at the Moss­man Show­grounds on Satur­day.

Dr An­drew Korn­berg and his pa­tient Lauren Mu­lane.

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