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