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Friday, June 17, 2011

Papua New Guinea : PNG dad spared boat ride with girl's body

Via The Sydney Morning Herald, excerpt :

" A Papua New Guinea father will be spared a traumatic eight-hour boat journey to take the body of his daughter home from Australia after a call for help raised almost $20,000 in donations.

Aniba Petru rushed his extremely sick 14-year-old daughter Marthi to the Torres Strait Island of Saibai in February in a desperate search for treatment.

She died a week later in Cairns Base Hospital of tuberculosis.

Mr Petru spent three months in quarantine after being diagnosed with the disease but has been trying to take his daughter home for weeks.

Queensland Health initially told Mr Petru they would fly him back to Saibai but he would need to get back in a dinghy with his daughter's coffin to make the eight-hour sea journey home to his village on Kadawa, in PNG's western province.

However, a call for donations from Leichhardt MP Warren Entsch late last week raised more than $20,000, more than enough to fly Mr Petru and his daughter to PNG."

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