Cid Harbour shark attack survivor Justine Barwick embraces Dr Tina Moriaty, who held her hand as she was being wheeled in to theatre.
Cid Harbour shark attack survivor Justine Barwick embraces Dr Tina Moriaty, who held her hand as she was being wheeled in to theatre.

From the Daily Mercury Editor’s Desk

JOURNALIST Janessa Ekert’s recent account of shark attack victim Justine Barwick reuniting with the people who saved her life was a touching read.

I can’t even imagine what it’s like to go through such horrific trauma, not knowing if you are going to live or die.

But the sheer number of people involved in getting her from Cid Harbour to the operating table is incredible.

From the off-duty doctor on scene, to the helicopter crew, to the staff who met her on the helipad, each one is a hero in their own way.

That’s before you even consider the security staff who make the landing site safe and the operational staff who do the transfer, carry the oxygen, push the trolley.

Then there are the ED doctors, nurses, medical imaging team and then more operational staff who run for the blood from pathology, the pathology staff who initiate our massive transfusion protocol and defrost large amounts of blood products, then through to theatres with surgeons, anaesthetists, nurses etc and then to ICU, social workers, before she was ultimately transferred to Brisbane.

Each person played their role in what ultimately led to Ms Barwick being able to tell the tale of a shark attack.

One of those people, Dr John Hadok, received one of News Corp’s Pride of Australia awards last year.

Now it’s time to nominate this year’s heroes for recognition.

There are heroes all around us. But often, because they are humble and act on behalf of others without fear or favour, their stories remain untold.

The Pride of Australia Medal is one of News Corp Australia’s most important community endeavours, playing a fundamental role as a vehicle to celebrate and acknowledge the remarkable contribution and achievements of members of the Australian community.

So if someone has inspired you through their dedication, initiative, courage or charity, be it a neighbour, friend or colleague, show them how much their actions matter to you by nominating them for the prestigious Pride of Australia Medal.

Who will you nominate?

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