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BUYING a Tattslotto ticket is not
a priority for Cowes resident David
He firmly believes that he has al-
ready had his luck, and is simply
grateful to be alive.
David suffered a life threaten-
ing blood clot on the brain almost
three weeks ago, and had just a
four hour window of opportunity
to access specialised treatment in
Melbourne, before his condition
deteriorated to a point where a full
recovery would not have been pos-
But as he says, his lucky stars
aligned after he was struck down,
and he was being treated at Monash
Hospital by a trauma team two and
a half hours later, after a lights and
sirens ambulance trip from Cowes
The day David had the frighten-
ing episode that threatened his life
had started out normally.
He had finished night shift at
Pakenham where he works as a
fireman, and had gone with his 21
year old son Kyle for a cup of coffee
at the Mad Cows café on the Espla-
nade in Cowes.
At about 10am, they headed
Kyle was driving up Thompson
Avenue, when David’s eyesight
suddenly failed him.
He could not see. And he felt un-
He remembers telling Kyle, a stu-
dent nurse, that his eyes were not
By the time they had reached the
IGA, David knew he was in trouble.
Kyle immediately swung into
the Phillip Island Medical Group
Clinic opposite, realising his father
David remembers Rhiannon
Lukey, a receptionist at the clinic,
coming straight over from behind
the counter to him and saying “you
are not all right, are you?”
She immediately called nurse
Kevin Martin out to David, who
took him straight into the triage
area and lay him on a bed.
By this stage he had lost the use
of the right side of his body, and
his face had dropped.
Kyle went in to speak with him.
“He was talking gibberish,” Kyle
David was showing the classic
symptoms of a serious stroke, and
the clinic staff immediately recog-
nised that time was now of the es-
sence, if serious brain damage or
even death was to be averted.
The clinic called an ambulance,
which arrived within ten minutes.
The paramedics on board knew
there was not a moment to lose.
They decided against an airlift,
because of the time that could be
wasted if one was not immediately
One of the last things David re-
members is ambo Scott Newman
saying urgently “we’ve got to go
With bells and lights flashing, the
ambulance headed to Melbourne.
Trauma team waiting
David’s only recollection is being
met by a trauma team on arrival
at Monash, with three doctors and
even more nurses racing him into
Before a stroke can be treated,
doctors must know if it is caused
by a bleed or a clot.
The first two CT scans showed
They then did an MRI scan,
which revealed a clot.
David was immediately given an
infusion of a drug which if received
within four hours, dissolves it.
At that point between two and a
half and three hours had elapsed.
Amazingly, the effect of the drug
was almost immediately felt.
Slowly, feeling in the right side
of David’s body and face began to
return, and he was able to speak
Three days later, he was dis-
charged from hospital, and will
spend a month recuperating before
returning to work.
Had help not been so readily
available for him, David has been
told his prognosis was poor.
Doctors described the clot as
small, but inoperable.
Complete recovery beyond the
four hour window of opportunity
was unlikely, with severe brain
damage or death the most likely
David cannot speak highly
enough of the people who assisted
him and who basically saved his
life, and he also believes that luck
played a part in his survival.
If Kyle had not been driving the
car, there may have been a differ-
Rhiannon instantly assessed that
David needed help, and he was not
Kevin Martin realised the gravity
of the situation at once, and called
a doctor straight in.
And an ambulance was avail-
able and at the clinic to collect him
within ten minutes.
Had David not been with Kyle,
or driving a vehicle himself, when
his eyesight failed, does not bear
David still feels a little fuzzy in
the head, but is looking forward
to a full recovery and being fit and
well for Christmas.
David’s 18 year old daughter
Taya was at school while the drama
unfolded, studying for VCE exams.
She was quite shocked by the ep-
isode, and worried for her dad, to
the point that she was concerned
her exam performance may have
Taya wants to be a physical edu-
cation teacher, and was aiming for
a score to achieve this.
But some good news for the fam-
ily arrived in the mail last week,
which relieves the anxious wait for
VCE results in December.
Taya was offered a Sport and
Recreation Traineeship at Won-
thaggi Secondary College, which
she is delighted to accept.
It’s another stroke of luck (par-
don the pun) for the family, says
only 800 metres from the main
street of Cowes and even
closer to the beach
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Stars align for ‘lucky’
Cowes stroke victim
Stroke victim David Murdoch (centre) is pictured with his son Kyle and daughter Taya at his Cowes
home, where he is recovering after suffering a blood clot in his brain almost three weeks ago.
Thanks to the staff at Phillip Island Medical Group, and local ambos, David will make a full recovery
after being rushed to Monash Hospital for timely treatment.
Forrest Caves caravan park back on the agenda
A NEW application has been
lodged with the Bass Coast Shire
Council for the development of a
Caravan Park at Forrest Caves.
However, the council’s General
Manager Sustainable Develop -
ment and Growth, Allison Jones,
said last week that council is
currently waiting on more infor-
mation from the applicant before
proceeding any further “which
includes advertising the plans
for public comment. ”
An application for the estab -
lishment of a caravan park at
Forrest Caves was lodged in
2015, but was formally with-
drawn in October last year.
The initial application sought
approval for the use and devel-
opment of land to accommo-
date 253 camping and caravan
sites, a site office, manager’s
residence, amenities block, car
parking areas, and playground/
recreation areas for guests and a
It was amended at the request
of the applicant, in response to
community concern over the ap-
A total of 137 submissions
were received by the Bass Coast
Shire Council in relation to the
Of this number 105 were ob-
jections, 31 were letters of sup-
port, and a petition containing
22 signatures also supported the
Objectors described the site as
a unique, sensitive and fragile
environment, and raised issues
relating to the adverse environ-
mental impacts of the proposed
development on protected wild-
life, sand dunes, visible bulk of
the development, flooding issues
and the danger to swimmers
from the adjoining and hazard-
ous unpatrolled Forrest Caves
The Forrest Caves foreshore
hosts a major mutton bird rook-
ery; provides habitat and nesting
area for the endangered hooded
plover, and is a haven for walla-
bies and echidna.
Letters of support focussed on
the benefits to the local tourism
sector of a new caravan park and
the provision of a broad range
of accommodation facilities, on
rural land that was unsuited for
The application was referred
to the Department of Environ-
ment Land Water and Planning
(DELWP), Westernport Water,
Melbourne Water, VicRoads, and
the Country Fire Authority for
All provided conditional con-
However, the applicant re-
quested council in November last
year to withdraw the application
and to close off the file.
The original application was
for a 266 camping and caravan
park, with access to be facili-
tated through dedicated left and
right hand turning lanes, on the
Phillip Island Road.
AN EAGLE eyed reader has
spotted a mistake in our story
last week “A favourite son re-
turns” about cartoonist Hec
The Advertiser referred to the
Port Phillip Hotel (on the site of
what is now Harry’s restaurant)
as the place where Hec’s tal-
ent was discovered by an Argus
Kevin Wagner has pointed out
that the hotel in question was in
fact called the Phillip Island Ho -
tel, and said it was located on the
corner of the Esplanade and Wal-
pole Street in Cowes.
The beautiful Bayview Guest
house was the building located
on the site now occupied by Har-
Kevin also has a suggestion for
placement of the mural that Hec-
tor has donated to the Phillip Is-
land Historical Society.
He suggests it should go on
the wall outside the Information
Centre at the Cowes Cultural
Kevin is the proud owner of a
Hector Goodall cartoon, which
he has treasured for over 50
In line with Hector Goodall’s
cartoon commentary on commu-
nity events of note when he lived
here, Kevin’s cartoon is an amus-
ing take on the removal of his
cousin’s appendix, presumably
at Warley hospital.
Reader writes: Wrong name for hotel
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