Dr Mel becomes Australia’s hero
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.
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.