Donna Duff is now recovering at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane.
Donna Duff is now recovering at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. Contributed

Family says paralysed M'bah mum on road to recovery

MURWILLUMBAH mother-of-two Donna Duff has been moved from Gold Coast Hospital to the Princess Alexandra in Brisbane to commence her rehabilitation.

Ms Duff's father Tassie Duff, who runs the backpacker hostel in Murwillumbah, said she was feeling her way and although the news she was moved to Brisbane was positive, second opinions were sought to ensure she was receiving the appropriate care and treatment.

Medical avenues at the Gold Coast Hospital have been exhausted and now it's up to the doctors at PA to take a second look and see what further can be done to help Ms Duff.

Mr Duff said tests to confirm his daughter's diagnosis as suffering from Transverse Myelitis had come back inconclusive and a second opinion may give Ms Duff's recovery renewed hope.

Ms Duff had spent a nice weekend with her kids and although she was sad to leave the Gold Coast Hospital's staff, the change to the PA would allow her to meet new people closer to her own age.

"In the hospital in Southport, Donna shared the ward with many elderly stroke sufferers but now she'll be among people of her own age.

"Donna has mixed emotions about the change but hopefully the doctors at the PA will get her out and about," Mr Duff said.

Fundraising efforts for Ms Duff were continuing and the last event aimed at collecting money for Ms Duff had been a great success.

"The generosity of the community has been absolutely fantastic," Mr Duff said.



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