Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Long Wait for Patient in Our 'Sick Health System'

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Long Wait for Patient in Our 'Sick Health System'

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Byline: Toni McRae

FAY WHEELER doesn't have a lot of faith in the Queensland health system - but she's a fighter.

In 2003 she phoned her 34-year-old son Clinton's doctor in a small Queensland town.

She begged him to "please do something because Clinton is really depressed and I'm worried".

"The doctor said 'Mrs Wheeler, your son is alright and the umbilical cord was cut 34 years ago' and then he hung up on me."

Less than a month later Clinton Wheeler strung himself up over the mango tree in his back yard and hanged himself.

Clinton Wheeler was two days short of his 35th birthday.

"My son would still be alive today if the help in the public health system had been there for us.

"I rang every medical and hospital facility I could find a number for in Clinton's home town - and then in Hervey Bay, where my husband and I were living at the time," Mrs Wheeler said.

"I knew Clinton was over 18 but a mother knows her children."

Now Fay Wheeler, 65, is fighting for her husband Stan's health - and possibly his life.

"I've been on the colonoscopy waiting list at Hervey Bay Hospital for over a year," Mr Wheeler, 69, said from his Biggenden home on Friday.

"I was referred by my doctor because there was blood in my faeces and other things going on.

"I'm not saying I have cancer but it would be nice to know that. …

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