Amelia Lucas mother, says that the strict restrictions that have been placed on the Sydney neurosurgeon Dr. Charlie Teo have robbed Australia’s medical community of its future.
In 2019, Dr. Teo became a well-known figure after he successfully removed almost all of a brain tumor that was regarded as incurable and inoperable.
Out of the 98 percent of the tumor that he was able to remove, two percent was removed by German doctors using an alternative method.
Despite the tragic passing of Milli Smirk on January 4, 2021, her mother, Ms. Smirk, said she is still disappointed by the restrictions that have prevented patients from receiving the potentially life-saving surgery that she and her family were hoping for.
Despite the numerous requests that he has received from desperate patients, Dr. Teo has been prohibited from operating in Australia since August 2021.
The restrictions imposed by the NSW Medical Council mean that he can’t perform certain high-risk operations unless he has approval from another specialist.
“Why? Just why? I wish they’d leave him alone and let him do this job. He helps people – that’s all he does,” she said.
Ms Smirk believes that patients should have the final say regarding their treatment.
The rules that have restricted Dr. Teo’s ability to perform certain operations have also robbed the medical industry of its future.
Despite the restrictions, he has continued to perform pro bono surgery and teach in various countries.