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(generated from captions) that I bought for a friend. I've got to stop coming to auctions. for a prestigious art prize. Next time - hard times needs to sell. Its founder and patron Please, someone pay well over $1,000 for it. rich treasures in profusion A lifetime of collecting and one delicious oddity. I thought, 'How clever. Unique.' I love the way it was put together. And treasures from the deep. on the bottom of the seabed We know this has been for hundreds of years. in the Auction Room. All this and more Who's got $6,000 to start me away? It's worth that every day. in it or a cheque? Do I get a brown paper bag with cash We'll have to find out. I don't know how these things work. Do the sheep noise. Do the sheep noise again. We must be bonkers. I can't believe the stuff we bought. Closed Captions by CSI Every day in Australia GERALDINE DOOGUE: in hospital. there are over 40,000 patients stick out your tongue. If you can hear me, While medicine tends the bodies, chaplains tend the souls. I think he's going to die. It is a tough environment. to think for a minute I don't want anyone It's a tough job. that this is an easy job. we follow the chaplains' journeys In this series, families at three major hospitals. alongside the patients and teaching of Jewish teaching. This isn't about Catholic Do you have some pain? what's in the person themselves. This is about Thanks. express itself Letting their own spirituality in however that needs to be. the Son and of the Holy Spirit... In the name of the Father and of and Protestant, Our chaplains are Catholic Muslim, Jewish and Buddhist. they all meet the same challenges. Regardless of their faith, challenges my faith. Working in the hospital but we're not God. We want to be God sometimes, We don't have solutions, but we try to help. we don't have answers, Needle now. The pain of suffering. Oh! introspective. Suffering makes us all 'meaning of life' questions. We start to ask those The power of love. people for who they are. It's about respect, respecting (Laughter) And the joy of new life. This week, six months in ICU. Father Laurie meets true love. in here. I don't miss a day. I've been every single day That's right, every day. an old wound... Chaplain Hanh helps heal My leg went into the dashboard. a miracle. a mother relives on life support for two months. The placenta ruptured, and he was hears an unusual complaint. And Rabbi Kastel whinge, whinge, whinge! Oh! Whinge, whinge, whinge, Father Laurie Christie at St Vincent's Hospital, is the Catholic chaplain central Sydney. Good, thanks. How are you? Yeah. And he's had a good day today? in Papua New Guinea. Father Laurie spent 25 years Chronic malaria and dengue fever back to Australia prompted his move and into hospital chaplaincy. Are you going home now? the village during the day, In Papua New Guinea, if you go to are the little babies, the only ones who are there the elderly and the sick. you have exactly the same mix. You come to a hospital, (Ting!) We're off to ICU to see Rocco. LIFT: Doors opening. to intensive care Father Laurie is on his way his favourite patients to meet one of must be about 114 days now. Rocco's been here... And now he's got to the point go to the ward. where he's going to Which is amazing. Here we are! saw him at death's door Rocco's double lung transplant over the last six months. five times You're a good man. has been constantly by his side. Rocco's wife, Elizabeth, in here. I don't miss a day. I've been every single day All day, every day. That's right, every day. 37 years ago in Calabria, Italy. Rocco and Elizabeth were married For most of their lives, in their Sydney florist shop. they worked together and Rocco did the deliveries. Elizabeth did the bouquets and have never spent a day apart. They don't have children little voice, not much voice. He not talk. He's got a very You can talk now? he wish to everyone Ah. Rocco say, to have courage to fight for it. Never to give up. Never to give up. Rocco was one not to give up. Thank God. He's been a big fighter. Big fighter. are forever saying, 'Thank God.' He and his wife, Elizabeth, he really was at death's door. Their faith sustained them when and the Holy Spirit. The Father, the Son I'd better bless your hands too a good deck of cards so that you get and you always win, eh? Yes! That alright? Rocco. And there's one good thing, you can still smile. Even on the bad days, That's right. There are miracles. Well, Rocco is a case. The correct procedure was, and sicker and sicker Rocco should have got sicker and been dead four months ago. He didn't. five weeks, he's out the door. He's... Another four weeks, Come back for a visit. Well, God's there. Must be. Rocco said he is. argue with Rocco. And I'm not going to as I have. He's got at least as much faith wasn't it? Sometimes it was really hard, giving up, Sometimes you felt like and stamped her foot and she was very naughty and got cross. (Laughs) your little angel. And she was like God stood beside you. And... And God...

to keep going, yeah. And he gave you the courage And now, a wonderful result. Yes. Yes. OK. They've got a strength, a strength of character, a strength of faith, that many people wouldn't have. And I'm pretty sure that that's... ..that's what kept him going. OK, we'll say a little prayer. OK? Father in heaven, make us strong again so that we can get back home and play some more cards. And cheat. (Laughs) He's cheeky. And win. And give 10% to Father. (Both laugh) Yeah. Thank you. Thank you. You see the love that they have for each other, that over the years they've just grown so close together, becoming more loving. And because you're more loving, um, more godly. And that's what you see in there. (Laughs) Well, if he runs away, you can marry me. (All laugh) You think that's the funniest thing you've ever heard. OK, we'll see you Thursday. Alright. Thank you. Righto, mate. Thanks. Thank you. You walk out of a situation like that and you feel richer for having been there. And you feel humble when you see such a beautiful relationship, such a beautiful experienced love. You're better for having been there. At Liverpool Hospital in Sydney's south-west, Buddhist Chaplain Hanh is on her way to the maternity ward. But Hanh's cautious. After seven years as a chaplain, she knows new parents are not always pleased to see her. All chaplains encounter the same problem as Hanh. Because they so often deal with death, many patients think chaplains are bringing bad news. Lina had a successful Caesarean early this morning. Hello. A girl, yeah. She's... For 34 weeks, she's actually a good size. She's under three kilos. Yeah, just under three kilos, yeah. But a lot of hair. (Laughs) Oh. Yeah, more hair than you, yeah, more than you. Yeah. Hanh's relieved. This time she's welcome. I actually find it good that you actually come. Dad Chinese, yeah. White skin exactly like that. Lina wants to talk. She has something on her mind. Although it's Lina's fourth child, it's the traumatic delivery of her first baby that she really wants to discuss with Hanh. My partner was driving. I was front passenger. Both had our seatbelts. And a car, wrong judgment or misjudged it, and turned in front of us and T-boned. And I put my leg up to protect the baby. My leg went into the dashboard and the seatbelt locked up and grazed me all here straightaway. And then they called the ambulance and the police and everything, rushed me to Liverpool Hospital. And then the baby was only 36 weeks, and they had to knock me out, and they told me that 'We had to do an emergency Caesarean because baby's heart was elevating too quick.' So when they delivered, they had to give him resuscitation. The placenta ruptured, two blood transfusions and he was on life support. 2-4-11. 19... OK. Rabbi Mendel Kastel is the Jewish hospital chaplain for the Greater Sydney area. OK, so she's not there. Let's try the next one. He's also a police chaplain, runs a crisis centre and is a matchmaker. Found her. Found her! Hospitals can be a pretty scary place. Being unwell is never pleasant. So that connection to your history, to the outside world, to your family, to your rabbi - all provides comfort, which obviously helps in people's recovery. How long have you been in hospital? Two months. That's a long time. A long time. Very long time. Veronica has an undiagnosed illness. Not home. He's home. It's been an anxious time for her son, Tom. She got very sick, very unwell, about two months ago. And she had internal bleeding and they didn't know where it's coming from. And she went through a lot of tests, and miraculously, it stopped. (Speaks other language) There's some amazing experiences that people have. Definitely miracles. I mean, cases where the chances of this person surviving is almost nil, and something turns around. We had a tragedy in the family, and it was a bit too much... My grandson's died. It was a bit too much for her. She couldn't handle it. So that pushed her over the edge. But thank God, she's recovered now, and she's on the way home, which is marvellous. (Speaks other language) We have to thank God we're getting better and ready to go home. Turned the corner. My belief is that God does intervene. But when he intervenes or how he intervenes or why he intervenes or which case he intervenes, you know, we're mere mortals, and don't necessarily really understand what the greater plan is. So, little candles. The little candles, yes. So, you switch the little light. Oh, right! OK? 'Cause in the hospital, obviously, you can't light fires. So that's a nice way to light Shabbat candles while you're in hospital. A little 'get well' card. I've been in Australia over 20 years, 22 years. (Speaks other language) So you really build up a relationship with people, have involvement with their families. Here's trouble. Helene is a laughter therapist. Trying to bring laughter to the nurses, actually. (Chuckles) She's just had hip replacement surgery. And how are things going? Are you getting around a bit? Schlepping around a bit? Yeah, well, the hips thing, and now I've got the pinched nerve. But I've got a new strategy for whingeing. It goes like this. Seeing you're here, Rabbi, and I've got to whinge to you too, I'll tell you all my whinge. It's - whinge, whinge, whinge, whinge. And a whinge! And oh! Whinge, whinge, whinge, whinge, whinge, whinge! And another whinge. Now you know all about it. OK. You got it? As long as it's all sorted. I have little chats with, you know. Upstairs, yeah? I thought, 'How about I listen to what God might need?' 'Do you have any fun up there, or where you are?' 'Well, not really, you know? It's not real fun.' 'So how about we share a laugh?' So the other morning, I actually laughed with God. I really felt it. And, um, it's... It's special, you know? It sounds strange and it sounds peculiar, but it's been my way of connecting. I know it might be, you know, you know, it... So whatever it takes, the main thing is that you're feeling better. Yeah. I think not only is it possible to have a laugh with God, I think it's important to have a laugh with God from time to time. (Laughs) Thank you very much, Rabbi Kastel. All the best. 'Cause the hardest is when you don't have any connection to spirituality, to God, and you just really feel alone. So it's so important, in whatever way you connect, but the most important is to connect. At St Vincent's, Father Laurie is visiting the hospital's Palliative Care Unit. The end of anybody's life is an interesting time. They'll be able to be honest in a way they've never been honest before, because it doesn't matter anymore. So basically, in their terms... Valentin has a cancerous tumour on his neck. He's dying. It's right down the end of that corridor. OK. Next to where the morgue is. No, the morgue's on one. Oh, thanks for telling me. Stop talking about the morgue! And you can't go till we invite you. Oh, well. So in other words, it's members only. Members only, yeah. Valentin and wife Rachel met in a homeless shelter a few years ago and married soon after. How are you? You going alright? Yeah. Bit upset. Bit upset about... Him? Yeah, yeah. They said it's very infected, but it's stable. Because they're so often on the balcony, Father Laurie's nicknamed the couple Romeo and Juliet. It gives you a chance to recover a bit. I've run into Romeo on the balcony every day, and I have had exactly the same conversation every day. Because he's suffering the quite serious effects of alcohol on his brain... I feel a lot better now. ..and the short-term memory loss, it's the same, almost exactly word for word, every day. RACHEL: He is a bit, isn't he? That's why you like him. Yeah! Yeah. Yeah. And how have you been? You're OK? Bit hard sometimes? Yeah. Yeah. Yeah. Juliet is aware that he is dying slowly. Like I say, you come in the front, you go out the loading dock. Yeah. Yeah. Don't talk about that. I don't like it. No. It's going to be a long, painful process for him. So it's going to be a long, tough journey for her, considering that she's also being treated for her bipolar disorder. You know that you're being looked after too, eh? I'm a bit late, 'cause I have to do a mind group. Oh, yeah, yeah. A group, and it's for your mind. She said to me yesterday, 'Yes, yes, I'm not as sick as him, but at least you can see what's wrong with him. I'm sick where you can't see.' And there was that little cry of... that little cry of pain that 'I don't have something that I can show you, and yet I'm ill and I know I'm ill.' And she's going to need a lot of comfort. (Both chat indistinctly) I will never forget that day, yeah. At Liverpool, Chaplain Hanh's helping Lina process the dramatic arrival of her first baby after a car crash. 'Cause when I woke up, I woke up in the room, and I'm like, 'Where's the baby?' My stomach's flat and everything. Mm. And when they told me, I couldn't even believe it. Yeah. Yeah. And the first 24 hours they kept telling my partner that normally baby boys don't make it through, you know, traumas like that. But when they first wheeled me up to newborn care, there was rows of babies, and I'm thinking, 'Which one is my one? Hopefully it's the healthy ones.' Two criticals in the back, and they were tiny. I'm like, 'Oh, no!' Wheeled me straight to the one I didn't want to think that was mine. And I'm like, 'You tiny little thing.' I couldn't even look at him, yeah. Couldn't even look at him. He was too small, and, like, ten cords coming out of his belly button. And I see the machine breathing up and down and his chest going with it. Broke my heart, so I couldn't, yeah... And then he whacked the cord, the oxygen cord or something, out on the third night, and they saw that his lungs, he was using it. So they left it off, and what do you know? From then on, he was just moving up and up and up. And when we got discharged, he was 2.5 kilos, yeah, when they discharged him, yeah. So that's our miracle story to the world, yeah, about our son, yeah. And now he's five years old, and you look at him and you wouldn't think he was in an accident and being that small. But yeah, you look at him now, he's just started kindergarten and he's a healthy boy. And you wouldn't think, 'Oh, he started out like that.' So that's our miracle story, yeah. Yeah, yeah. Yeah, I was even scared to bring him home. Yeah, and now this one's successful as well, so that's it, that's for us, yeah. (Chuckles) Two boys, two girls, we're happy, yeah. That's lovely. At St Vincent's Hospital, Father Laurie's sharing the balcony with Romeo and Juliet. With the terminally ill people who know that, if you like, they're on the last lap, they know. Their body's telling them, 'Hello, I'm happily disintegrating here.' Which leads to some interesting things at times. This morning's topic is 'final requests'. You know what? Everybody has different wishes what they'd like. Yeah. It might be your last week or something. Yeah. But I mean, I could get a lucky volunteer here to go to the bottle shop for me. Yeah, true, true. And sit there in the park and relax. You show me somebody who has never chosen a wrong thing to do and I'll tell you somebody who's dead, stuffed and mounted. We're all capable of making crazy, wrong choices. I'm thinking now of, there's a lovely man, Aboriginal gentleman. And he was upstairs in the hospice. And one of the nurses said to him one day, 'Hey, if you could have whatever you wanted, what would you really want?' And he looked at her with great big eyes and he said, 'I want not to die in the gutter.' And she's a great big strapping girl, this nurse, in her late 50s, I suppose. She was reduced to tears. She came out and I bumped into her as she came out of the room. So I comforted her, had a little... Must admit, I had a little cry myself. Then I went in and said, 'I promise you, God won't let you die in the gutter.' And he was discharged from here for a while, and he came back in, he was in three days, the nurse who'd been reduced to tears bought him a pair of pyjamas. He had brand-new, not hospital, pyjamas. And he sat up as proud as punch, and three days later he was dead with a smile on his face. And the last thing he said to me was, 'There must be a God, because there ain't no gutter.' And then a few hours later, he was dead. And you walk away from that, and it's beautiful. It rips your insides out, you know? You... And months afterwards you'll be sitting doing something, and you'll get that picture of him. 'There must be a God because there ain't no gutter.' OK? OK. Thanks for that. Righto, mate. See you. Bye. Bye-bye. Next week, Chaplain Graham helps with a hard decision. To face the amputation of a leg is a pretty big thing. Hello. Chaplain Di brings in the dogs. I've seen some wonderful things happen with the dogs here. And Chaplain Julie discovers a new denomination... I exited that church and I created my own ministry, which is Dirtbag Ministries Australia. ..with a membership of one. And I am the Reverend Vroom Vroom. Oh, OK. Closed Captions by CSI This Program is Captioned


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