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A prime Adelaide surgeon is in Greece to assist burns victims whereas additionally selling the usage of a product he developed that may enhance their restoration.
- Adelaide burns surgeon Dr John Greenwood travels to Greece to assist hearth burn victims
- He developed an artificial pores and skin product referred to as NovoSorb that he hopes to make use of there
- Adelaide’s Greek neighborhood is fundraising for victims
Royal Adelaide Hospital Grownup Burns Service medical director John Greenwood was resulting from begin aiding with surgical procedure on the KAT Hospital in Athens yesterday.
Dr Greenwood was South Australia’s 2016 Australian of the 12 months.
He developed the artificial pores and skin product NovoSorb BTM with an organization referred to as PolyNovo after the 2002 Bali bombings.
Greece has been devastated by wildfires, with not less than 87 folks killed and plenty of others badly burnt.
Dr Greenwood left for Athens final week with 25 sheets of NovoSorb.
PolyNovo chief govt Paul Brennan mentioned Dr Greenwood was an “extraordinary particular person” who was eager to assist nonetheless he may.
“He is uncommon in any physician that you will ever meet in that he has a profound understanding of science, biology and expertise,” Mr Brennan mentioned.
“He performs the classical guitar — he is obtained a really broad vary of pursuits; he is a captivating man.”
Dr John Greenwood shows a burns patient an expandable, biodegradable dressing he also developed. (891 ABC Adelaide: Brett Williamson)
NovoSorb will not be authorised to be used in Greece so it could solely be used if particular exemptions are granted.
Mr Brennan mentioned it was higher than pores and skin grafts due to much less danger of an infection, it was simpler to make use of and created softer and less-scarred pores and skin after surgical procedure.
“The rationale we have performed that is from a humanitarian standpoint,” Mr Brennan mentioned.
“This product was invented due to the catastrophe of the Bali bombings.
“Australia had 200 folks badly burnt throughout that episode and this is Greece with a serious burn incident and if we may help in any manner that is factor.”
Greek hearth tragedy hitting house amongst Adelaide neighborhood
The South Australian Greek neighborhood is rallying collectively in an try to boost funds and supply help hearth victims from afar.
Greek Orthodox Neighborhood of SA president Invoice Gonis is anticipating about 300 folks to attend a gathering tonight on the Adelaide Olympic Corridor to formally kick off fundraising.
They’re holding occasions together with movie nights, quiz nights and dinner dances, in addition to amassing donations throughout church providers.
“They’re involved not only for the individuals who have misplaced all the pieces however the dying toll and the way in which the fireplace began,” Mr Gonis mentioned.
“We wish to be certain the cash goes to the areas the place it is want essentially the most over in Attica, Greece.
“Everybody’s attempting to do their bit to assist folks abroad … simply overwhelming help from most of the people,”
Theo Panagopoulos and Bill Gonis from the Greek Orthodox Community of SA are setting up a community relief fund. (ABC News: Brittany Evins)
Neighborhood member Theo Panagopoulos mentioned a good friend contacted him saying she was within the fires together with her daughter.
“If she had stayed an additional 10 minutes, she was dreading to think about what would have occurred to her household so that actually freaked me out and being so far-off from Greece I used to be really in tears, I used to be studying all of those posts and I used to be crying,” Mr Panagopoulos mentioned.
“I feel the entire of Greece continues to be numb from this entire tragedy.
“Everybody’s in mourning, it has been a horrific summer season for Greece, particularly for the individuals who lived all through the nightmare and for Greeks on the whole it has been actually, actually unhealthy.”
Martha Kavuki will donate all proceeds from her Greek-style aerobics class tonight to the Hellenic Purple Cross together with dozens of different OPA-cize instructors around the globe.
“We now have to help our motherland, that is all there’s to it,” Ms Kavuki mentioned.
“Greece goes via a tough time.”