Nathan Willis, left, from Maranoa, and Brendan Gray, of Lismore, take about their nursing experiences in Aceh.
Nathan Willis, left, from Maranoa, and Brendan Gray, of Lismore, take about their nursing experiences in Aceh.

Making a difference



A FOUR-YEAR-OLD girl lay limp, dying.

Alstonville nurses Nathan Willis and Brendan Gray found the tsunami survivor lying under a tarp in Darussalem, a town in Banda Aceh.

"She would not eat or drink ... she was fading fast," Mr Willis said.

"We put her on a course of antibiotics and Panadol, and by the time we left she was up and running around.

"Even if it was just for her, it was worth it."

Both men returned this week from a volunteer mission to help the devastated.

The young girl was one of an estimated 600 people treated in five days by the men's team who worked from a clinic made of tarps tied to a truck.

"It was a life-changing experience," Mr Gray said.

"You know you're making a difference, you could see them crying.

"When we were leaving they were saying 'we don't understand why you are here, you have your own families'. It gives you a different perspective on life."



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