Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Hazel Fighting for Life; Struggle for Grandma to Get Treatment

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Hazel Fighting for Life; Struggle for Grandma to Get Treatment

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Byline: Averyll Loft

A MARYBOROUGH grandmother says her life is a "living nightmare" because of the severe shortage of dialysis availability on the Fraser Coast.

Hazel Macdonald, who owns Bouganvillia Dell Nursery, was given the option earlier this year of continuing to live in crippling pain, knowing eventually she simply "wouldn't wake up one morning", or staying alive with dialysis treatment three times a week.

Naturally, the 71-year-old chose the latter - but she says travelling to different hospitals across Queensland to receive her treatment has taken a massive toll on her and her family.

"Because Hervey Bay is full up and Maryborough doesn't even do dialysis treatment, we have to travel wherever the health system says and that could be anywhere from Bundaberg to Brisbane," she said.

"My husband, Don, is 78 years old and he hasn't got the concentration to drive through traffic three times a week so my kids have been running me there and back. …

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