News

Doctors reluctant over Lucy's rare illness linked to deers

LUCY McGrail should be out having the time of her life like any other 18-year-old.

But weighing less than 40kg, the Cooroy teenager (pictured) has little energy to move much further than from her bed to a wheelchair.

She was diagnosed with arthritis seven years ago, but her condition has worsened in recent months, prompting her family to seek a second opinion.

Lucy's father, Gary, said the family believed her condition to be Lyme disease.

"She was misdiagnosed by doctors who weren't too keen on recognising it as Lyme disease," he said.

"Because the disease isn't recognised in Australia, it can be a very scary thing for doctors to diagnose."

Lyme disease is a bacterial infection spread through the bite of the black-legged tick.

The tick is usually found in deer in America, but Mr McGrail believes Lucy has been bitten during a camping trip.

"We think she was bitten while we were camping at a deer park here in Queensland," he said.

"The frustrating thing is that if she was diagnosed properly seven years ago, it could have been fixed."

As the disease is not recognised in Australia, Lucy does not qualify for government funding.

With a monthly medical bill of $1500, Mr McGrail said ongoing costs were taking a significant financial toll on the family.

"Treatment is available in the USA, Germany and Bali, which can cost up to $35,000, and even then, there's no assurances," he said.

"We had to import our own testing kit from America,

administered by Lucy's doctor, which was sent for testing in Sydney.

"We got a positive result, but still, doctors won't recognise it as Lyme disease."

Australian Medical Association federal council member Wayne Herdy was reluctant to talk about the presence of Lyme disease in Australia, preferring to acknowledge the complexities of the condition.

"There is no conclusive evidence that Lyme disease exists in Australia," he said.

Lucy admitted everyday activities were becoming progressively tougher.

"My day starts with Mum dragging me out of bed, and if I'm on my own, it takes me about two hours to get dressed," she said.

A fundraising Ride for Lucy will be held on November 17, starting from Boreen Point's Apollonian Hotel.

Help Lucy

WHAT: The Ride for Lucy starts at the Apollonian Hotel at Boreen Point

WHEN: November 17 at 8am

WHAT: Lucy's Limelight Fundraiser at the Pomona Demons AFL Club

WHEN: November 24 from noon

CONTACT: Birgit Kehr on 0438 177 807

Topics:  cooroy lyme disease



Six hideaway bars to escape winter chill

THE last season of GoT finally uttered the words we’ve been waiting six seasons to hear and now that the weather has cooled down in Brisbane, “winter is here.”

Our six art gallery picks for a creative day out

Queensland's Gallery of Modern Art always has a fun, exciting and interesting exhibition on show for the whole family to enjoy.

YOU'D be mistaken in thinking Brisbane wasn't an arty city.

Brisbane's arts and culture events centre stage

You loved the film, now you're about to love the musical. Don't miss The Bodyguard The Musical in Brisbane this July.

THE arts and culture events you don't want to miss.

Homewares stores to fulfil your Instagram dreams

No Caption

You too can become an Insta-star with these fab stores.

Date nights under $50

Nothing is more romantic than a picnic with a cracking view.

NOT every date has to cost you a bomb.

Top 10 Brisbane experiences to cross off your bucket list

Do yourself a favour and get amongst the food truck scene. Eat Street is a great place to start.

A GOOD bucket list doesn’t have to span continents or cost millions.

Six mega sporting events you need to be at this year

Don't miss all the action trackside this season.

IF THERE is one thing Brisbane does damn well, it’s play host.

Working to wipe out relentless ice scourge

IT'S A KILLER:MP David Littleproud has vowed to tackle the ice epidemic sweeping the state.

Warwick is fighting its own battle against the deadly scourge

A day in the life - Warren Webster

CAREER MOVES: Warren Webster overlooks Palmerin St from his historic Warwick office.

Warren Webster's life could have taken several very different paths

Winter's icy touch to arrive just in time

WINTER IS COMING: Winter's frosty fingers are tightening their grip on Warwick.

Warwick traditionally gets its first frost around Anzac Day

Local Partners

Sam Armytage and Tom Cruise? Saaaaay what?

SAMANTHA Armytage has hit back at rumours she’s dating Tom Cruise, following reports the pair had hit it off during an interview on Sunrise.

Musical tribute to flood volunteers released

Songwriter honours flood volunteers who helped their neighbours.

Lismore songwriter Simon Thomas was moved by strangers' kindness

Karl Stefanovic's rant about Schapelle Corby 'a bit rich'

Karl Stefanovic is sick of hearing about Schapelle Corby.

Maybe he just wanted to make himself the story.

Could Schapelle be heading for Gladstone?

Australian Schapelle Corby is escorted by Bali Police at the parole office in Denpasar, Bali, Indonesia, 27 May 2017.

Schapelle's mother teases her free daughter could be Gladstone bound

Six things you never knew about Men in Black

Mushu the pug

It's been 20 years since Men in Black first hit cinemas

10 strange stories behind famous sex scenes

Khaleesi and Khal Drogo in a steamy moment.

Every set has their own way of filming sex scenes

HBO spills new details on Game of Thrones’ final season

Game of Thrones’ eighth and final season will only have six episodes.

New details about what to expect from the eighth, final instalment.

New $46.7m counter-terrorism facility to be built in Wacol

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, pictured with Police Commisioner Ian Stewart, has announced plans to build a new counter-terrorism facility in Wacol.

The facility will be built over three years.

Home to a sex worker: Sordid history of iconic Coast shed

Milojevic Djordjevic's daughter Linda at the derelict shed on Yandina-Coolum Road.

The shed was once a liveable 'barrack'.

This is real estate's billion-dollar man

Bob Wolff at AREC with John McGrath of McGrath Real Estate.

They don’t call him the “Billion dollar man” for nothing

Man's amazing comeback from monster crisis

Pat O'Driscoll agents Penny Keating and Doug Webber sold 56 Agnes St, The Range at auction over the weekend.

NOT long ago, he sold his possessions to pay staff. Now he's back.

Report reveals progress on $319m airport upgrade

Aerials of the Sunshine Coast.Jetstar plane in front of the Susnhine Coast terminal, Sunshine Coast Airport.

Over two dozen government approvals needed for airport expansion

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!