Dr Mel be­comes Aus­tralia’s hero

Whitsunday Times - - NEWS - Dane Lillingstone dane.lillingstone@ whit­sun­day­times.com.au

SHE was a hero in our back­yard, and now for the rest of Aus­tralia too.

Dr Melissa McCann ap­peared on na­tional tele­vi­sion on Fri­day morn­ing re­count­ing how her Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Prac­tice was turned into a makeshift hospi­tal in the im­me­di­ate af­ter­math of Trop­i­cal Cy­clone Deb­bie.

“The first few days were re­ally, re­ally crazy, we had no power or water (and) it felt like an army hospi­tal or some­thing like that,” she said.

Sun­rise host Sa­man­tha Army­tage said this re­ally res­onated with her.

“It’s a med­i­cal clinic in Air­lie Beach, a first-world coun­try, that’s pretty frightening,” she said.

“(But) it sums up the com­mu­nity spirit here. That’s the re­silience, that’s the gen­eros­ity, that’s the kind­ness.

“As a New South Wales girl, I’m proud to be Aus­tralian when I see these Queens­lan­ders pulling to­gether like that.”

Dr McCann said she ac­tu­ally started work back at the clinic “lit­er­ally” as soon as the cy­clone had passed and the next two weeks were flat out.

PHOTO: SHARON SMALL­WOOD

TEAM­WORK: Kel­lie Ha­vat­sis, Melissa Og­den, Dr Emma Hin­schen, Dan Grieve, Sun­rise pre­sen­ter Sam Army­tage, Lisa Camp­bell, Deb Wind­sor, Dr Melissa McCann, Dr Dan Mor­gan, Sa­man­tha Hen­zell, Kate Hin­dle, Jac­qui Price, Tori Sc­toman and Eve McCann, rep­re­sent­ing Whit­sun­day Fam­ily Prac­tice on Sun­rise.

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