An outback country hospital (bush hospital) at the township of Walwa, was forced by funding cutbacks to close it’s acute bed section. An elderly woman suffering cancer with only weeks to live had expressed the desire to die in the hospital in her home town near her family. The cutbacks would mean she would have to be relocated to another centre.
Nurses at the hospital volunteered to provide around the clock care without pay to permit the elderly woman to die in her home town. In doing this they defied the health department. The matter became newsworthy and the story was carried in a national newspaper.
A woman reading the paper was impressed to help. She ‘instructed’ her husband, a wealthy businessman to fly to the town in his private jet and rescue this small hospital. Which he did. The acute care ward is now reopened, the nurses have been paid, and he has committed to keeping it this way for the next five years.
Isn’t it amazing how far a little love and self sacrifice can go?