A life-saving act of kindess

Posted on 20 June 2019

UNEXPECTED GIFT: Ken Miller, 77, of Bidwill was surprised with a 10 litre water container after his street’s water supply was shut down on the eve of an important medical procedure. Picture: Simon BennettKEN Miller isunfortunate enough to have been diagnosed with bowelcancer –not once, but twice.
Nanjing Night Net

It seems fortune was on his side this time after an act of kindness that may have saved his life.

Last week the 77-year-old wason edge about his yearly colonoscopy.

However, Mr Miller was almost forced to miss his scheduled appointment at Mount Druitt Hospital after his street’s water supply was unexpectedly turned off on the eve of the check up.

Unable to take the critical 9pm preparation drink that flushes out his body, the Bidwill residentthought he would have to cancel his appointment.

He waited until midnight but with no water supply and all of the grocery stores closed, he was in a state of panic.

“Iwould have had to make all the arrangements again, new referrals –everything,” he said.

“It probably would have taken another two or three months [to schedule a new appointment].”

The life member of Mount Druitt Senior Citizens Club rushed down the street to ask Sydney Water employees when his water would be turned back on.

“They said there had been an emergency and it wouldn’t come back on until the next day. I told them, ‘I need water to take my preparation’.”

The workers gave Mr Miller three small bottles of water out of their truck, but he said it wasn’t enough.

“Later a chap from the water board came to my door with a 10 litre container of water. I was not expecting anything like that,” he said.

“He told me he had a friend who had been in a similar situation.It was such anice gesture and I couldn’t thank him enough.”

Dr Richard Hanney, a specialist at Mount Druitt Hospital, said the act of goodwill could have been a life-saver.

“We found a small tumour that had not yet become cancerous,” he said. “Had we rescheduled the appointment, it might have been too late by the next time we saw him.

“We can’t proceed with a colonoscopy without our patients following the proper preparation procedures.”

Mr Miller, whose mother passed from bowel cancer aged 51, was first diagnosed with the disease in1986 and relapsed in 2006.

“Iinherited a bad gene,” he said.

“I had my first one removed on October 161986. The doctors told me I was very lucky [to survive].Nearly 20 years to the day I was diagnosed again.”

Mr Miller said his four children have been scanned for the cancer gene and urged others to do the same.

“I never dreamtof gettingbowel cancer. Now I never miss a check up.”

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