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Since we first launched the Juiced TV Super Hero Awards program in 2019, we’ve been humbled and inspired by the stories of medical heroes keeping patients healthy at the Queensland Children’s Hospital. This round was a little different.
To discover the 11th recipient of the award, QSuper and Juiced TV went regional to Mackay Base Hospital.
Following a heartfelt nomination from 13-year-old Mark, child and adolescent unit clinical nurse at the hospital, Raelene Rosier, was announced our first regional hero.
“My aunt was a nurse and that’s probably what got me into nursing,” Raelene said.
“I love the patient contact. We get to meet some lovely people and families.”
Her 42 years of experience came to the fore when aspiring professional rugby league player Mark was rushed to hospital in January last year.
Mark was at a football camp when he experienced severe pain in his leg and foot, which left him unable to walk. He was also suffering from high temperatures and vomiting.
“I’ve known Mark for a long time. I was the support person for the family when they were unsure,” Raelene said. “Everyone worked together to make it a really pleasant experience in that way.”
Mark was diagnosed with osteomyelitis - a bone infection - which, if untreated, can lead to permanent bone damage or, in severe cases, amputation.
In a stroke of fortune, the family had known Raelene since Mark was a baby, with the older sons of Raelene and Mark’s mum, Paula, being friends.
Raelene said she felt humbled by the nomination. “The kids love Juiced TV and having them [the film crew] here. It is nice to be involved and I’d like to thank everyone for the award,” she said.
The awards shine a light on the hospital’s medical and support staff – the doctors, nurses, volunteers and others who selflessly dedicate themselves to the wellbeing of others.
Regional hospitals are the backbone of Australian healthcare and we’re proud to be able to recognise humble medical heroes beyond the borders of Brisbane.
Mark, who was treated with antibiotics, even had the opportunity to host an episode of Juiced TV, which he said kept his spirits high during his stay.
Now, he’s keen to focus on his football career after being selected in the Broncos talent squad, attending four training sessions every year.
“Juiced TV made it a bit better and made me laugh,” Mark said.
“I’d just like to say thank you for giving me the opportunity to do that.”
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