6:30pm – Sunday, April 15 on ABC1
Every day in Australia over 40,000 patients are in hospital. While medicine tends their bodies, hospital chaplains tend their souls. Over eight episodes we follow our chaplains’ journeys alongside the patients and their families at three major hospitals. They are Catholic, Protestant, Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist. Regardless of their faith, they all meet the same challenges – to help make sense of the mystery of illness, pain, suffering and despair. This series offers a unique bedside view of the daily life and death drama of hospital life through our chaplains’ eyes.
In this episode, Chaplain Di Roche supports a family as their son fights for life in ICU. The 21-year-old British backpacker is found close to death in the middle of the road and is rushed to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital. Dan has a severe traumatic brain injury and his parents have flown in from the UK to be by his bedside, not knowing if their son will live or die. While medical staff work around the clock to keep Dan alive, Chaplain Di is on hand for his parents, guiding and supporting them through their nightmare ordeal. Meantime, at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s south-west, Chaplain Graham McKay finds himself at the bedside of a retired earthmoving driver who has terminal cancer. Neville asks Chaplain Graham, an Anglican minister, to help him prepare to die.