Salute to a pair of gals with grit

The Chronicle - - OPINION - DEPUTY EDITOR RE­BECCA VONHOFF re­becca.vonhoff@thechron­i­cle.com.au

THE STO­RIES of Dr Fiona Ston­ley and Rachel Crowther should bring a smile to your face this morn­ing as you sip your cof­fee.

Dr Ston­ley, 35, is highly ac­com­plished and work­ing in a job that’s both thrilling and pur­pose­ful.

The anaes­the­si­ol­o­gist soars above Queens­land with RACQ LifeF­light help­ing des­per­ately ill peo­ple; her hear­ing dif­fi­cul­ties are ir­rel­e­vant.

As a 10-year-old she de­cided to study medicine (doc­tors, she fig­ured, “do some fancy stuff and fix peo­ple”).

That’s about the same age as Rachel Crowther is to­day.

Rachel is bright and vi­va­cious and lives in the Lock­yer Val­ley.

But the prog­no­sis when she was born at 24 weeks and two days ges­ta­tion was poor - so poor that doc­tors ad­vised her par­ents to take plenty of photos in case their tiny baby died.

“She now takes on ev­ery life chal­lenge just like when she was born,” said Rachel’s mother Rhonda as her daugh­ter cel­e­brated her 10th birth­day this week.

Let it be known: These two ladies have plenty of ticker.

Af­ter a week re­port­ing on an at­tack that left a War­wick teenage girl in hospi­tal with a se­ri­ous head in­jury, the ice scourge on the Dar­ling Downs and cases of an­i­mal cru­elty, some up­lift­ing news.

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