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Dr Teo - 60 minutes

Discussion in 'The Pub' started by Miss_dj, May 27, 2007.

  1. Did anyone happen to catch 60 minutes this evening?

    If so, i need to vent.

    There was a story about a neurosurgeon by the name of Dr Charles Teo.
    He was the surgeon that saved my life.
    In 2005 he performed his pioneering non evasive key hole surgey to remove a tumor from my brain that 2 other specialists had no idea what it was nor what to do...

    It makes me so angry that Australia is reknown for the f**king tall poppy syndrome. This man has gone where other surgeons wont and has saved so many lives. Why is it that when someone becomes so good at what they do, that people feel the need to cut them down?

    Sorry for my rant. I feel that i owe so much to this man and i wanted to just write it down...

  2. By the way, he rides a bike too :p

  3. i like him :grin:
  4. Very very true. Some people are good at what they do. Some people like to have fun. This case, he's obviously very good at what he does, yet still a regular bloke. I think it must just be that other people in his position struggled a lot more to make it where they are, yet he's found it, I dunno, natural, or easy, or maybe just copes with his stress by beinga NORMAL PERSON, as opposed to freaking out and hitting the books hoping he passes his med exams as a kid.
  5. Hmm, I watched the show/segment. They actually didn't show anyone who said anything bad about him from what I remember. While I was watching this I was wondering "Hmm, if the people (whoever they are???) did actually put the guy down, they are arseholes but it really looks like the show (60 minutes) is stating that "The others" who are against him are using this to beat up the story by making it look like "an extra struggle" for Dr Teo to do what he does. Full mark for him, it looks like he is one very very wonderful person. The part with the kid was very hard to keep the tears away :)

    Dr Teo seems very much like my neurosurgeon who I currently am a patient of. Both very sure of themselves and Dr Teo summed it up perfect. You have to be sure of yourself or else you would send your patients to someone else if you cared for them. It was a good highlight of his work and for anyone who is "scared" of his work as the show said (He goes where other doctors are afraid to go), they are being arrogant to the people he can and has helped (and many, from death).

    Good on your Charlie Teo => :biker:


    And the 20 seconds of searching of his name, i.e http://www.google.com.au/search?q=c...s=org.mozilla:en-GB:official&client=firefox-a it shows there are people who don't like what he does. *sighs* It seems he won't worry about what they think except when it interferes in saving peoples lives. Once again, two thumbs up for the guy. An inspiration :)
  6. That story to me was very one sided.

    To me he seems like a very bright guy and i'm sure he's helped lots of people and he rides! More power to him.

    The medical fraternity are not stupid. If they don't like him then i bet its more than a tall poppy thing. That side of the story was not explained at all.

    If i ever see him coming the other way i'd nod to him.
  7. yeah I saw most of it. I thought the 60 minutes story on him painted a positive picture mostly, glad to have surgeons like that who push the boudaries, take the risks instead of worrying about his legal liability. I would have liked to have seen an interview with a patient or family of patient where the opertion was not a success. Did the family resent him? etc. I think they sort of glossed over that aspect a little.

    I wonder why other surgeons are happy to bad mouth him but not in front of the cameras.
  8. Although one sided it was one of the more inspirational stories that 60 minutes have done.
    More power to him imho the guy is a miracle worker who has the strength of his convictions and will not hesitate in calling you a **** if he thinks you are one which is probably why he gets a few noses out of joint.
    My type of guy.

    btw he looks great for someone approaching 50
  9. sounds like someone I know ;)
  10. My wife and I both thought he was awesome.

    If I were in the position of being told there was even a slight chance someone could save me - I would go in a heartbeat.
  11. I rarely catch bits of 60 minutes but that actually seemed like a good story. Going from the report, doctors refused to come onto the show to refute the Doctor Teo's story. He didn't seem to fit into the doctor mould and it would be no surprise that he'd be beat up by the fraternity.

    I think a lot of pioneering doctors would cop flack initially for being "dangerous". I only wish their were more doctors like him that are willing to go out on a limb. I'd rather die on the table with someone trying to help me than die anyway with people saying it can't be done.
  12. I didn't see the footage, but I'm interested in this guy so will head over to the 60 Minutes website to watch it.

    I'm thinking this is the surgeon that operated on Professor Chris O'Brien from the Royal Prince Alfred, if so, he gets a big double thumbs up from me just for giving the Prof the chance to be around for a bit longer.

  13. Yes i agree. It was very one sided.
    I guess i didnt quite articulate the whole reason for my frustration because it would have ended up a 5 page essay lol...

    There have been quite a few stories on Dr Teo on why his practices should be investigated, he risks peoples' lives etc etc and i guess it wasnt entirely the story last night that bothered me, probably all the stories compounded and i felt the need to let some tension out.

    But just like GS5hundy said, i would rather have died on the surgery table, than to have continued on with life thinking that there was no alternative option.
  14. Yes he was the surgeon that operated on the Professor!
  15. Bugger, i missed it.
    Saw the shorts sunday arvo then forgot.
  16. Whilst I didn't see the story, I know that surgeons are a peculiar bunch...

    Do you by chance know of a Dr Fred Hollows? The Ophthalmologist who transformed 3rd-world eye care, effectively reducing the cost of Trachoma surgery from $1000 a pop to $20? Well, he wasn't liked too much by his peers. They were quite happy for the good Doctor to train locals in the third world to perform this basic eye surgery, but here in Australia it would've destroyed their monopoly to have anyone but Fellows of the RANZCO perform such a feat. The fact is that well-trained Nurses would probably be very suitable for many of the "sub" sub-specialties in Surgery, Ophthalmology and Anaesthesia. Unfortunately when they're THAT sub-specialised, they're little more than production line workers... (though paid 3/4 of a million for the privilege).
  17. Hey Miss_dj write in to there responce letters and give them your feelings on the story. Pooint out that there is an other perspective on the story
  18. The man is a legend for giving people the chance no others will take. I have been involved with a lot of surgeons in the recent past in trying to save a family members life and seen the ones that wont take a chance when a persons life is on the line, regardless they should be given the opportunity to survive than to sit and wait for an ultimate death I know if I was gunna die and a surgeon said he could give it ago I would take that chance and if unsuccessful what the heck ya gunna die anyway but you will, knowing you gave it your best shot. Also I would like to point out my personal opinion on this type of situation also lies in a debate over money, from reading many articles about cures for cancer and such diseases it seems that out there, there are some very useful alternative therapies which are being ignored and its due what sort of dollars the organisations gunna lose if we have so many cures. Hmmm might sound strange to you but read up it's quite interesting. This case is very much like the Dr. in Western Australia that is helping cancer suffers but he is being bagged by the Medical Association.
  19. The good doctor is a truly special being! He was the neurosurgeon on a friend of mine for a number of years. Aaron McMillan was in his early to mid twenties, when he was diagnosed with a very large (size of a cricket ball) brain tumour. What was particularly sad was that Aaron was a pianist and composer and the pressure of the tumour was affecting his hearing to the point he couldn’t hear violins etc. Teo was the only person who would operate on him and 2 weeks after the surgery, Aaron was performing a concert on a small stage in Yass for people and the ABC show ‘Australian Stories’. What an amazing result!

    Unfortunately Aaron passed away only a couple of weeks ago, as tumours returned throughout his body and spine. Yet the original surgery gave Aaron enough time to fulfil his wish of finishing composing a large amount of piano concertos before the end.

    His music would have been denied to us, had Aaron not received Dr Teo’s surgeries!

    I suppose some people will look at this as not a success story, but Aaron would have died 3 years earlier, had there not been a Dr Teo! Aaron’s entire family and friends are grateful with what the doctor did for him. Although in the end Aaron couldn’t fight any longer, we were lucky to have him just that little while longer.

    If I was diagnosed with a tumour, I would want to have the most arrogant and sure of himself doctor I could find!

    Three cheers to him!

  20. We all die, it is the date that matters. Aaron's story [thanks Pooh] is a big succcess story in that he did what he came here to do, that is touch people through his music.

    One of our freinds has a little girl [6] who is waiting for a liver transplant and if she gets will live for a long long time, without it she is DEAD. Dead is forever. :cry:

    Blokes like this DR are fcuking legends.