RPA, Channel Nine’s award-winning medical reality program, returns in 2011 for its 17th series on Wednesday, May 4, at 8.30pm with more drama for patients facing daunting challenges at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney.
In the first episode of the new series viewers will be inspired by the bravery of four patients being treated by the dedicated staff of RPA, who will captivate you with their stories from the emergency ward through to surgery and recovery.
When Renee knocked herself unconscious while skiing last winter, the young mother of two could not have predicted what would happen next. A follow-up scan revealed a large mass in her brain. In part one of her extraordinary story, Renee is told that she will need major brain surgery – and won’t know what she is dealing with until after the operation.
Energetic and active, 86-year-old Van lives to dance but his ballroom prowess is under threat since breaking his hip in a fall. His only chance of returning to the dance floor is a hip replacement – a risky operation at his age and with his record of previous surgery.
Helen arrived at RPA by ambulance with a life-threatening heart rate of 210 beats per minute. After first being prescribed medication to treat an electrical problem in her heart, her doctor decides that with a heartbeat that fast, surgery is the best option.
Lauren, a 12-year-old taekwondo champion, arrived in Emergency with bruising and a suspected fracture after being kicked in the leg in a tournament. Is this the end of her quest for a black belt?
The RPA series is narrated by Australian actor and artist, Max Cullen.
RPA series return: Wednesday, May 4, at 8.30pm on Nine