6:30pm – Sunday, April 22 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, a Newcastle mother-of-three collapses with a brain aneurism and is airlifted to Sydney’s Royal North Shore Hospital for emergency surgery after doctors detect dangerous bleeding in her brain.
ICU Chaplain Di Roche helps the family through the crisis, particularly 12-year-old Sally who is afraid to see her mum unconscious and on life support after the operation. Chaplain Di knows just how to help.
Meantime, at Liverpool Hospital in Sydney’s south-west, Muslim Chaplain Anwar Albarq visits a 7-year-old boy, lucky to be alive after being left for dead by a hit and run driver at a pedestrian crossing. Chaplain Anwar prays with Zakaria’s family for his safe recovery. But it’s the young boy’s plea for the offending driver that surprises and touches everyone.