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(generated from captions) This program is captioned live. Hello. I I'm -- I'm Leila Welcome to A Current Affair. Come - - coming up tonight - a national heart alert, what to do if you've been giving this device that has faulty leads. Cubbyhouse rescue, the good samaritans who are out families who have been ripped

off. Get out because Tony Burke is back and he's off. Get out your gardening shoes

greener than ever. And - how to indulge yourself this Christmas without putting on weight. bringing you the latest on Molly without putting on weight. We'll be

Meldrum. But first we go to the business that's gone belly up ruined Christmas for many business that's gone belly up and

Australian families. It's called kids outdoors and was cubbyhouses online. But instead of making a child's dream come true it's staken mum and dad's money disappeared. it's staken mum and dad's money and There's going to be a couple of things for the girls. They'll have a Christmas morning, it will things for the girls. They'll still

be magical, but the dream that I had, it's gone. That upsets you. Yeah. Really sad because I don't know what to tell my kids. They're not going to get their cubbyhouse from Santa. It's devastating to come out here and what was meant to be our happy place for me is a sad place. I think for the first 24 hours I was just so upset I kept bursting into tears, couldn't believe it. Have you been good? Yes. Have you been very good? Yes. Yes. Santa said. Well, there's the good, the bad and there's the reprehensible. What else would call a couple of blokes who cubbyhouses for children Christmas, take the money up front cubbyhouses for children for

and then shut up shop? Christmas cubby con. How low can and then shut up shop? The

you go? Like so many other around the country, Emma Pocock you go? Like so many other parents

online more than $1,000 to get a special cubby for her the company, kids outdoors, took special cubby for her children. But

her money and ran. They didn't even call us. haven't been able to contact them. They didn't even call us. We

Here's why. The company's factory, an empty shell. Our last and last contact last week was everything was OK and then we've heard nothing since. You opposite these fellas. What's been happening We haven't been able to do a lot of happening here?

work because people have been coming in o our factory asking us where have they gone. How many people? Around to 60, to 70 people. Coming here for cubbies. Yes, and one couple We've had people - sing mums have Yes, and one couple ordered two.

saved up all year. We phoned back in October and ordered and purchased the cubby. We were so excited that we had one secured for our children for This woman paid almost $1,200. Christmas.

She's so angry she's determined to track down the men responsible. What have you found out? OK. There's been 19 people on so far that we've found out about OK. There's been 19 people on eBay

that are in the same position who have ordered and paid for a that are in the same position as us,

cubby with kids outdoors. This is Neville Morris's home, of the blokes from the company. But This is Neville Morris's home, one

doesn't appear to be home and personally, with the number of angry parents around Australia, I wouldn't blame him one little bit. We're really upset that we can't deliver what our kids want and we want other people to know what's going on. This woman paid $1,400 for her kids' cubby that will never come. For the business owners of the company, I want to know how do you look at yourself in the eye because you're 2011's grinch that stole Christmas. Where are these I'd like to know. You told me before Consumer Affairs have been here Yes. What did they want to know? Where to find them. So wear all in the dark. But for every grinch there's a Christmas good guy and here he is. Hi. I'm Aaron from Aaron's creations -- creations. I've heard Hi. I'm Aaron from Aaron's outdoor

about your fortune. You you're going to police out. about your fortune. You you're not

His cubbyhouses have worth $2,500.

That's the Christmas spirit. Really? Thank you. I can't thank you enough. For the kids.

Are you serious? Oh, my perfect! That is perfect! Thank you Are you serious? Oh, my God! That's so much. Come Christmas Day, what lit be like to have a cubby in the Oh, magic. You know. backyard?

I've had a word to Santa. See that? Yeah. He said he can do it by Day. He said he can do it by Christmas I don't know what to say. You don't have to say anything. Say thank you, Santa. Thank you. Thank you, God, for making our Christmas come true. Have you been Very good. Have you been I don't know. Very good. Have you been good?

Have you been good? . (LAUGHTER) I don't know.

That is the Christmas spirit. In statement today, eBay told us they That is the Christmas spirit. In a

regret any loss or inconvenience buyers have experienced and a special fund has been set up to help those affected. Now to the story of a heart device that's been uranium ad the patient who is may

still be using it unaware of recalled and the patients who may still be using it unaware of the --

still be using it. A ticking Tim bomb. The whole time I had the device inside of me I wasn't told there was a world-wide recall at all. I think that this case is example of the failings of the TGA I think that this case is another

to protect Australians protect consumers. to protect Australians and to

He was really, really frightened that something might - that it might go off again. It's very wrong. It's playing with people's lives, bodies, there's - we've only got one heart. You haven't got much of a chance. Television journalist television journalist Jenelle Jeffrey, diesel fitter Charles Coggan and grandmother Lillia Engstrom live with serious heart disease. I've had a heart disease. I've had a triple by pass. Your heart races and it shuts and that's the end. Your heart races and it shuts down

All three hope add made by Medtronic inserted into All three hope add defibrillator

their chest would be their lifesaver. Their guardian Angel, but the electronic lead connected to their heart turned out to to their heart turned out to be anything butt. It felt like a horse kicking in the chest. I felt like my inside has from tin side out. It was like from tin side out. It was like a bomb. The people that were around me The people that were around me at the time now tell me that what it looked like was I just had a looked like was I just had a big seizure, I was just jolted. It was undescribible, really. You can't real he -- really tell anyone the feeling unless you have it yourself. They all had the same defibrillator lead, sprint fidelis. The lead fractured inside their body shocks. It was a fault 'The Descendants' maker, Medtronic, knew ability -- Medtronic knew about ability -- Medtronic knew about and in October 2007 the company contacted Australia's medical watchdog the Therapeutic Goods Administration, to voluntarily recall the device. In the US at risk patients were notified directly by med Ronic. The policy in in country for this type of recall is for doctors to be notified and it is their responsibility to alert patients. I think every Australian who has a medical implant in their body should be very concerned about should be very concerned about the lack of a requirement to them when a recall is announced. They say their doctors They say their doctors never contacted them to alert them to contacted them to alert them to the recall. Not a thing. Not a thing, no. I still feel like the onus is on Medtronic and also on the TGA and they shouldn't be putting this on doctors. Once we realised to device was faulty, took about - it faulty, took about - it was probably within 24 hours we had probably within 24 hours we had it switched off. A Current Affair has so far been unable to find any affected patients who were notified by their doctors of the recall. It's a very, very sad and very worrying state of affairs. Rebecca Jancauskas is from shine lawyers, the firm involved in a class action against Johnson and Johnson over faulty hip implants. Shine is now also pursuing a compensation case on behalf compensation case on behalf of Jenelle. Why weren't she Jenelle. Why weren't she and other Australians notified directly and personally about the recall and why didn't Australia's watchdog, didn't Australia's watchdog, our protector, step in and make sure that those notify Copenhagens were provided to patients Medtronic Medtronic says approximately 1,500 Australians were fitted with Australians were fitted with the recalled device. The medical giant has identified 13 patient deaths globally in which a sprint fidelis lead fracture may have been a possible or likely possible or likely cricketing factor. The company says patient safety is their top priority. As such s they are committed to ensuring their products are of the highest quality and are processes through rigorous safety and technical assessment prior distribution. However, no medical device or procedure regardless of design can be risk free. design can be risk free. Nobody seems to know how many of seems to know how many of those faulty leads are still inside patients or if any patients or if any of those patients have even been alerted their doctors about the recall. Jenelle's husband says, unlike the American system s Australia has failed its I think she should have been personally not notified not having to find out over the internet by Googleing it. It's a massive Whirlpool of disbelief and absolute horror. Medtronic definitely needs Medtronic definitely needs to take responsibility for what they've done. They need to apologise for what they've done and for what people have gone through. Charles' wife was due to give Charles' wife was due to give birth to the couple's third child on the day he had the device removed. It was really stressful. Pretty ordinary, really. It's Pretty ordinary, really. It's - it shouldn't happen. General knell's third and final shock -- Jenelle's third and final shock happened when she was

pregnant. She had it removed last month and spent the time before the surgery ticking things off the bucket list. There's a lot of things you wanted to do with John, and your son before you had and your son before you had the surgery. Just in case. We weren't dwelling on the risks but obviously on the risks but obviously it becomes very real as something becomes very real as something like this approaches, especially this approaches, especially the thought of my little boy thought of my little boy without his mum if I would have avoided this top ration. If I could have avoided it, I would have but I knew I wasn't recovering to the stage I could have. In one attack, the 75-year-old suffered 22 consecutive shocks. She has had two follow up operation ths year to try and correct problems with her with her defibrillator. I I'm hoping for the best. They think it's worse to take it out than lieft in. She hopes -- leave it in. She hopes braving the cameras will

lead to less issues for others. Go to the doctor. General knell has been dying General knell has been dying flodz with post-traumatic stress disorder. -- Jenelle is -- hash -- Jenelle is -- hash diagnosed with post. She wants to get back to the journalist she was. I've been through severe trauma and I'm worse off for it. Charles has had another defibrillator installed in his chest. I thought things were tried I thought things were tried and tested these days and it probably wouldn't have happened or shouldn't have happened because it's not something that's easily fixed there is a problem. You would think that -- think that and you'd think all those patients would have been informed. The full responses -- responses from responses -- responses from the TGA and Medtronic are on our and Medtronic are on our website if you have one of those defibrillator and not been contacted with your doctor you should get in touch with them as soon as possible. them as soon as possible. We'd also like to hear from you by phone or e mail. Coming up - how you can have all your -- email. Coming du -- coming up - how you can have your favourite treats at Christmas. Now there's a simple solution for everyone with a problem backyard. Tony Burke will show us how it can be made to look better for next to nothing. Wh a wonderful time of the year, all your relatives and best friends are coming to your place for Christmas, oh, dear. Is the place a bit bad and maybe they're going to go, "Look at his garden, go, "Look at his garden, it's horrible." You want to avoid that. Alright. We're going to look Alright. We're going to look at right now is the average right now is the average Australian home, how you dress up home, how you dress up that entertainment area quickly without wasting time, maybe in about an hour's time and not too much money involved. This is Scott and place. We're going to meet them, and -- and fix their place up so it's the best Christmas they've had. Good to see you Emma and Scott. How

does place look? Backyard. Yeah. Do you use this Yes, we do. We love entertaining. Doing anything over Christmas? Yes, we've got the family coming over next weekend. Two, three people. About 40. 40 free loaders coming here next weekend? Yes. Three grand and we can fix it. Have you got three you got three grand? No. Sorry about that. And you need it done in a few days? Yes. You lend us three grand? We'll have to do it cheaper. Lot to do it cheaper. Lot cheaper. You've got to start somewhere. I went to a fabric shop and went to a fabric shop and got -- got wonderful material for a table cloth, 20 bucks, what a great start. We know our colours. Trick is, we've got this with the -- with all the colours. That really does work. Notice these colours of these plants go with the fabric. That's how you go. You've got to Have a good afternoon. Good-bye. See ya. First thing is give it a clean. you're wondering act bird poo, you're wondering act bird poo, wet it down once and come back it down once and come back later. Here's the big thing. If you've Here's the big thing. If you've got a couple of hundred bucks to spare for a Gerni? This is only a of bucks and that goes into Never pick your kids up by the neck. Never pick a plant up by a stem like this unless it's a big, robust plant with a good, system. When it is, like this palm, give it a tap, pot drops off and plant goes in. Not supposed to pick the kids up by the neck? No. Sorry, kids. Now, you can't have soil in pots in case have soil in pots in case you're wondering because it gets too and goes horrible and fills up with disease. Modern potting mixs have beautiful drainage and airation the plants are very happy. the plants are very happy. These are Alexandra palms. Banff National Park could have done. -- Bangalos would have done. We want colour and maybe some objects of start. -- art. That's the next bit. I have a front. And a back. I have a front. And a back. Every plant has ate. That's plant has ate. That's a back. It's not interesting, it's boring. Place the pretty bit to the front. We're starting to get the colours working. Boring! You want the secret? Yes. Here we go. I do that. Can you do that? Didn't you watch 'Star Trek'? Turn it upside Turn it upside down. OK. How nice is this. It's called a hanging basket. Use it for whatever you want it for. These things clip off the rims. These can sit in there. How nice is there. How nice is that? How to turn two daggy tables into one classy looking one. We need a centre piece. And we have it. centre piece. And we have it. So they're a little nibblish while they're waiting for their meal. There's the sal -- salad. I have to say I'm pretty happy with this end result. This is the sort of place I'd be delighted to bring my friends to and have a lovely, lazy, afternoon. But remember, this is what we started with and this is typical of many places in typical of many places in Australia where they're busy with kids. That's what we started with and this is what we finished up with now. I think it's fantastic. I love the colours and I love how the colours and I love how much difference it's plead to my backyard. That's wonderful. When you think they're all fairly cheap. A pot like that, to go with the barbecue, about 20 buck. That great thing on the wall was under $30. That's the metal framework and so on. Things like the plants per pot about $25. Even the big palms about $40. Even the big palms about $40. -- $45. This is not an expensive makeover. No. Alright. For a job well done. You're happy. Definitely, thank you. I really do hope you two have I really do hope you two have the best festive season ever. We will now, thank you. Thank you. Thanks a lot. If you'd like to see more of Burke's gardening tips t latest edition of his magazine will be on sale next Monday. After the break - how you can have all your how you can have all your favourite treats -- this Christmas and not put on weight. (SOMBRE PIANO MUSIC) Hi! Nice to see you. Good.

How this man will break a How this man will break a world record in a monster truck. Welcome

back. It's the one wish Santa can't help us, with eating your favourite treats at Christmas without treats at Christmas without putting on weight. But apparently there is a way to do both and we've found just the person to tell us how. can indulge without the guilt. just the person to tell us how. You

I've had some good Christmass but now I know what I I've had some good and bad

have to do and I don't feel guilty about it. Annette Sym should know. This grandmother is a slimming success story. Here she is tipping the scales at 100 kilos in 1992. You know what I'm allowed to bit of chocolate Christmas Day and You know what I'm allowed to have a

so are She lost 35 kilos, kept it and -- so are you.

it off and shared her secret in books. Now she wants to pass on hur sur -- her survival guide to us all. We could say, it's too hard, it's only one time of year only one time of year but Christmas comes every year. It's not Christmas day that's It's not Christmas day that's the problem, it's all the celebrating that goes on around that one day. By the time kids go back to school nothing fits in you in your wardrobe and it's been November, December and January you've been totally off track. One of Annette's key tip sts a treat plate. I've already started one up K I show you what I do? I've got a -- got a bit of Christmas cake and my version of white Christmas out of book four. I'll put in a few cash use. Fill the plate with a mix healthy and not so healthy trites. Fill the plate with a mix of

I'm happy with that. I'll put foil over it, leave it on the bench and I'm come to it during the day. Annette's version of white Christmas smells and looks real thing. Teach me Christmas smells and looks like the

You need marshmellows, mixed dry fruit, coconut, rice bubbles and margarine. Annette marshmellows. margarine. Annette used melted That That makes it stick together. Add in all the usual suspects and Yes.

you have a low-fat white Christmas. The traditional treat has 15 grams of fat her slice, and Annette's is only one grams. I could have all that plate as the same amount of one of What about roast pork? Annette suggests using suggests using a lean cut. What about all of this fat around about all of this fat around it? Lift it off in one - go through and lift it off, put it lift it off, put it on a baking tray, rub cooking salt into it, into a fairly hot oven. Cook separately. The fat melts away and isn't soaked into the meat. You perfect crackling. Just. Who doesn't love a bit of crackling? I'm not saying it's healthy, really, but this way, it's the leanest way you can do Her final Christmas survival secret lies in dessert with Multi-grain bread of all things. Yes. A bit of flour, it's go to the fibre in it as well. Soften bread with heated slim milk. fibre in it as well. Soften the

Once it's combined we throw in dried fruit. Would you like to Done. throw it in?

Great. And some rum. No! Yes, got to have rum in it. Instead of whole eggs Annette I have saved 18 grams of egg whites.

straight up by not using the yolk. I have saved 18 grams of fat

There are no added fats. Her secret is to use apple sauce and is to use apple sauce and bi-carb soda. Instead of sugar soda. Instead of sugar Annette used fruit. Cup of mashed banana. Can I do this a day ahead? I'd make it now. It would keep easy for a month. The pudding, 0.8 grams of fat per serve. The traditional version serve. The traditional version is usually loaded with 20 times as much fat. This weight-loss Queen says by small quantities of Christmas treats to mine miez Christmas treats to mine miez the leftovers and give away to guest what is you can. Be generous. As they're talking - Be generous. As they're talking - - walking out the door, say, "Who wants this?" That's the thing, get the house back to safety as quick as possible. Her tips are constained in a free online eBook, her gift to help Australia make the through Christmas without adding the Don't beat yourself up having a few Christmas without adding the kilos.

bad days. It's when you give up that's the problem. Very sound advice. You can find more information on that story at our website. Next on A Affair - Peter Ford -- Peter Ford our website. Next on A Current

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Now for the latest on Molly Now for the latest on Molly Meldrum following his tragic fall at following his tragic fall at home overnight. We're joined overnight. We're joined by our entertainment reporter and a entertainment reporter and a very good friend of Molly's, Peter Ford. So many Australians are So many Australians are desperate for every update and they've been following it since it happened. What is the very You're right, but the honest truth there really isn't a lot of news. The professor made it very clear this morning in his conference don't expect this morning in his press

today and don't interpret that as being or good or bad news. It's waiting game. Molly is very lucky to have the professor to oversea the care. All the Molly is isn't -- into, the God of healing and magic is ie sis, and that God is a goddess. She was a female, and I reckon she might be looking over Molly because he very lucky to have to have been found as quickly as he was and he's very lucky to have been cared for so well and all these people lighting canals and prayers, it's surely got to mean something. He's a very unique man and has a great place in the heart of Australians. It must have been heartening for you and other friends to hear medical staff saying that I are cautiously optimistic. Yeah, you hang on to don't you? Once we get over this thing of, is he going to pull through and survive and then it becomes the thing of what will he be. It's a tough game will he be. It's a tough game and it's going to be a very slow process, and nothing is going happen overnight. But when you do harness all the good vibes out there, you have to say it will help him and when he does him and when he does become conscious of that he'll be conscious of that he'll be so buoyed by the love and respect there is out there. You can be famous in show business and you can be successful but the thing that will always set you apart and you a place in history is to will always set you apart and give

unique, and Molly is totally unique. you a place in history is to be

He's a one-off and that's why people care so He is, he is very much loved, everyone around Australia is He is, he is very much loved, and

thinking of him. Let's hope that helps. Thank you very much, pee fer. -- Peter. Thanks.

Nine News wf the latest on Molly Meldrum throughout the evening and tomorrow morning. That is about it for this week. I'm taking a short break and Aleisha gory will be here on Monday. I hope you have a great Christmas. Thank you for watching and I'll see you again

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