Lismore doctors fly out

By ALEX EASTON

BRIAN PEZZUTTI is joining the fight to try to save 4500 lives by next Friday.

The Richmond Hill-based anaesthetist, former State MP and Army Reserve brigadier was yesterday rushed to the coast of Indonesia's troubled Aceh province, aboard Queensland Premier Peter Beattie's personal jet, to help people injured in Sunday's tsunami.

Dr Pezzutti, who is in one of two Australian medical teams going to Aceh, will be joined by fellow Lismore anaesthetist David Scott in a team also including an orthopaedic surgeon, a general surgeon, emergency doctors, specialists, nurses, logistics experts and even firefighters to help with rescue work.

The teams expect to help about 500 people a day for nine days in Banda Aceh before returning home.

Dr Pezzutti dismissed security concerns over travelling to the region, which has been the scene of violent unrest in recent years.

"We will have to look out for ourselves, but people will be concentrating on trying to get their families together," he said.



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