Queensland backs down and allows brain cancer patient operated on by Charlie Teo to self-isolate at home after his wife broke down in tears live on the Today Show while in hotel quarantine
- Wendy Child pleaded for Brisbane hotel quarantine exemption on Friday
- She is looking after her husband who is recovering from radical brain surgery
- Pair flew to Sydney for procedure and have been in a Brisbane hotel since return
- Her husband requires chemotherapy and will eventually die from the cancer
The Queensland Government has granted permission for a couple to self-isolate at home after a teary-eyed wife asked for permission so her husband could recover from brain surgery.
Wendy Child fought back tears as she begged for permission for the pair to return to their Brisbane home on Friday.
Ms Child has been holed up in the room and looking after her husband Gary Ralph following radical brain surgery by Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney.
‘The Queensland government has affected mine and Gary’s mental health greatly,’ she told the Today Show.
‘I’m more concerned about his than mine because he needs all his physical and mental strength to do the treatment.’
Wendy Child fought back tears as she begged for permission for the pair to return to their Brisbane home on Friday
Ms Child has been holed up in the room and looking after her husband Gary Ralph following radical brain surgery by Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney
The pair flew back to Brisbane following the successful procedure and were hoping to quarantine at home rather than a hotel room.
Ms Child said she had received a message from another woman who explained she had been granted an exemption under similar circumstances.
‘Now, all I’m told is I don’t qualify,’ Ms Child said.
‘It doesn’t matter what source I went to, doesn’t matter who I spoke to in Queensland Health, I just kept getting the same result.’
Mr Ralph is unable to properly see, talk or walk. He has only been granted permission to leave his room to receive chemotherapy.
His cancer is terminal and he will eventually die from the disease.
Ms Child has previously said she wanted her husband to spend his remaining days at his home.
‘It is life and death, it’s not a joke, it’s not a person wanting to play football in another state, which apparently that’s okay,’ Ms Child told A Current Affairs.
Ms Child slammed Queensland’s border exemptions for athletes and movie stars, such as Tom Hanks, who has been permitted to avoid the mandatory hotel quarantine.
‘Apparently there are exemptions available but not for us. Apparently we don’t qualify, we haven’t been told why we don’t qualify yet,’ Ms Child explained.
Mr Ralph’s condition has been deteriorating and his brain tumour was so aggressive that doctors in Brisbane told the couple it was inoperable.
Renowned surgeon Dr Charlie Teo agreed to operate on Mr Ralph in Sydney but made a shocking discovery
Mr Ralph (stitches from his operation pictured) will be forced to travel to his chemotherapy appointments from hotel quarantine
Renowned surgeon Dr Charlie Teo agreed to operate on Mr Ralph in Sydney but made a shocking discovery.
The surgery uncovered multiple tumours on Mr Ralph’s brain and required a radical procedure that took away his ability to speak.
Dr Teo wrote a letter of support for the couple to enter Queensland and said Mr Ralph’s need for home quarantine was ‘imperative’.
He explained they ‘absolutely cannot sit in a hotel room for two weeks’ and Mr Ralph’s prognosis would be better the earlier he started chemotherapy.
Queensland Health will allow Mr Ralph to leave the hotel to attend his chemotherapy appointments but he must travel by taxi or Uber, in the back seat with the windows down, and must wear a mask while doing so.
Ms Child called on the Queensland government to ‘show compassion’ and treat the couple ‘like decent human beings’.
‘We want to be back in our own home, where we don’t have the added stress of everything the government is putting in our way, just to fight for my husband’s life.’
A spokesperson from Queensland Health said they were unable to comment on individual cases.
‘Of course a hospital bed will always be available for anyone entering Queensland from a hotspot if their condition requires it,’ the spokesperson said.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk has come under fire for setting the state’s potential border opening date as November 1, a day after the state election.