Cancer patient forced to evacuate during bushfires initially denied financial assistance

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The family was told the father wouldn't qualify for the grant because the bushfires didn't cause his cancer. 9News

The family spent four hours getting to Sanctuary Point, but when they got there they found out it wasn't safe to stay.

"His bowel medication can cause him to have quite extreme accidents and he's a fully grown adult, no one wants to go through that embarrassment and knowing he'd have to spend all that time in a car he knew he couldn't take them," Ms McKenzie said. "By the time we got there, my dad was in so much pain he couldn't even lift his head off the pillow," she said.

The Red Cross provides a $7500 payment for people who have spent two or more days in hospital due to physical or mental injury suffered from the bushfires.

 

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