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Jay Weatherill: help us save our son's foot - don't reject us from the patient travel scheme so Joshua can get treatment

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My 8 year old son Joshua has a rare disease called Arteriovenous malformation – with his doctors saying his foot may need to be amputated without specialist interstate treatment. But now the SA Government have rejected us access to the patient travel scheme.

I was totally shocked when they told me why. They're saying travelling to Melbourne for the only treatment that could save my son's foot is "seeking a second opinion". It means they won't allow us into the patient transport access scheme, the only way we're going to be able to afford to get him to the hospital treatment every three months.

I just can't understand it. Amputating my 8 year old son's foot is unacceptable to us. It's a last resort. Specialists are saying they can save it, just the doctors in Adelaide don't offer the treatment. 

It's as if they see saving my son's foot is a luxury. For lots of other conditions patients are given support to travel and get the treatment they need. Our problem is that we can't afford all this interstate travel without this support – we desperately need access to the scheme if we're going to save Joshua's foot.

We are begging you Mr Weatherill, please reverse your decision to deny the patient transport access scheme for our family, and allow us to get our son treatment.

I thought we lived in a country that had accessible healthcare for all. Instead it seems the SA Government is saying if you have a rare condition like my son's, you're on your own. 

I think that's wrong. We just want to do everything we can to help our son. Please sign my petition asking Premier Weatherill to help us save our son's foot.



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