‘I get by with a little help from my friends’: Cameron Brown’s last trip home

by Julia Medew, The Age, 28 December 2015

Thirty-four year old Australian Cameron Brown was studying in London with his wife Nikki when he was diagnosed with a brain tumour. His friends brought him home.

In October, after a second round of brain surgery, Cam was told he had a two-week window to fly back to Australia, and that he needed a medical escort to make the trip.

Nik and Stephen put a call out on Facebook. Within a day, more than 30 people had volunteered to escort Cam home, including an old school friend, Vince Anderson, who was training to be an anaesthetist in Perth.

By 6am the following day, Vince was flying to London to pick up Cam. He cared for his friend on the plane trip back, delivering drugs he needed to fend off life-threatening blood clots in his lungs. They made it home.

Cam, who is originally from Bendigo, has since been cared for in the palliative care unit of St Vincent’s Hospital. There, he and Nikki have been treated as a couple in a room of their own. Nikki lies beside him, tending to his every need.

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