‘I would not wish the last years of my friend’s life on any­one’

Tweed Daily News - - NEWS -

A BILAMBIL Heights man who had to break down a door to find his friend had died from cancer, says a new Tweed hos­pi­tal would have made the last years of his life much eas­ier.

Dion An­drews, who runs a store in Bilambil Heights, said his friend would come into his store ev­ery morn­ing be­fore he had to travel up to the Gold Coast Univer­sity Hos­pi­tal for cancer treat­ment. He said his friend would of­ten com­plain about the traf­fic jams he faced while driv­ing on the M1 mo­tor­way.

“Let’s just say what he said was rather ex­ple­tive; he would try and beat the rush so he would end up leav­ing at 6.30am for a 10.30am appointment just so he didn’t have to sit in traf­fic,” he said.

“He would just sit at the hos­pi­tal and wait, some­times the ap­point­ments were can­celled or resched­uled for one rea­son or another and he would have to come back. He didn’t re­ally have any fam­ily to be there for sup­port so it was a very lonely time for him.”

Mr An­drews said he was tired of the debate over the hos­pi­tal site and just wants the hos­pi­tal built.

“I wouldn’t wish the last three years of my friend’s life on any­one, I just want to see the new hos­pi­tal built so no one else has to go through what he did.”

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