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Grandad whose Queensland hotel quarantine caused national outrage dies after battling brain cancer

A cancer patient who prompted national outraged when he was forced into mandatory hotel quarantine in Queensland after having aggressive brain surgery has died.

Gary Ralph, 71, had radical surgery in Sydney and arrived back in Brisbane with his wife Wendy Child on October 6 with the hopes to isolate in the comfort of their own home. 

But the couple were forced into hotel quarantine at the last minute in Brisbane, despite there being no community transmission of COVID-19 in Sydney for 11 days when he returned.

Gary Ralph, 71, (pictured, left) had radical brain surgery in Sydney and arrived back in Brisbane with his wife Wendy Child (right) on October 6 where they were forced into hotel quarantine

Gary Ralph, 71, (pictured, left) had radical brain surgery in Sydney and arrived back in Brisbane with his wife Wendy Child (right) on October 6 where they were forced into hotel quarantine

Gary Ralph, 71, (pictured, left) had radical brain surgery in Sydney and arrived back in Brisbane with his wife Wendy Child (right) on October 6 where they were forced into hotel quarantine

It was revealed on Friday that Mr Ralph (pictured) died of his aggressive brain tumour

It was revealed on Friday that Mr Ralph (pictured) died of his aggressive brain tumour

It was revealed on Friday that Mr Ralph (pictured) died of his aggressive brain tumour

Despite undergoing radical brain surgery in Sydney, Mr Ralph sadly succumbed to the illness on Friday, A Current Affair revealed.

The couple’s case caused national outrage, with many questioning why some rich and famous faces were able to quarantine at home while they were forced into a hotel. 

In an article directed to the Queensland premier Annastacia Palaszczuk, host Tracy Grimshaw questioned why the couple couldn’t return to their home after suffering such a traumatic ordeal.

‘We’ve asked you to talk to us this week about Gary and Wendy, but you’re ducking our questions,’ Grimshaw wrote.

‘This is what I would ask you: premier, how would allowing Gary and Wendy to quarantine at home, pose any threat to Queenslanders’ safety?’

Ms Child broke down while talking to The Today Show in early October about her rapidly deteriorating mental health. 

‘Apparently there are exemptions available but not for us,’ she said at the time. 

Ms Child told A Current Affair she wanted her husband to spend his remaining days at home and the quarantine was affecting both her and Mr Ralph’s mental health. 

‘I’m more concerned about his than mine because he needs all his physical and mental strength to do the treatment,’ she said.

Wendy Child (pictured) broke down in tears after being interviewed on TV about his husband's condition, with both forced to spend time in hotel quarantine

Wendy Child (pictured) broke down in tears after being interviewed on TV about his husband's condition, with both forced to spend time in hotel quarantine

Wendy Child (pictured) broke down in tears after being interviewed on TV about his husband’s condition, with both forced to spend time in hotel quarantine

Renowned surgeon Dr Charlie Teo agreed to operate on Mr Ralph in Sydney (pictured together)

Renowned surgeon Dr Charlie Teo agreed to operate on Mr Ralph in Sydney (pictured together)

Renowned surgeon Dr Charlie Teo agreed to operate on Mr Ralph in Sydney (pictured together)

Today Show host Karl Stefanovic praised Ms Child for her bravery and sympathised with her and her partner’s struggles. 

‘For her to even just put one foot in front of the other at the moment when she’s nursing Gary, is very significant,’ he said.

News and sports presenter Alex Cullen said he personally knew how important it was for family to be at home during difficult times.

‘It’s like carbon copy to my father who had the same thing,’ he said.

‘He was allowed to go home and die at home. I cannot over state and underline how important it is for someone to go home and die at home.’

A day after causing the national outrage, Queensland’s Chief Health Officer announced Ms Child and Mr Ralph would be granted an exemption on October 9.

Brain cancer patient Gary Ralph (pictured, right with wife Wendy Child, left) was denied a quarantine exemption in Queensland after receiving life-saving surgery in Sydney

Brain cancer patient Gary Ralph (pictured, right with wife Wendy Child, left) was denied a quarantine exemption in Queensland after receiving life-saving surgery in Sydney

Brain cancer patient Gary Ralph (pictured, right with wife Wendy Child, left) was denied a quarantine exemption in Queensland after receiving life-saving surgery in Sydney

Mr Ralph (pictured, stitches from his operation) will be forced to travel to his chemotherapy appointments from hotel quarantine despite not coming into contact with coronavirus

Mr Ralph (pictured, stitches from his operation) will be forced to travel to his chemotherapy appointments from hotel quarantine despite not coming into contact with coronavirus

Mr Ralph (pictured, stitches from his operation) will be forced to travel to his chemotherapy appointments from hotel quarantine despite not coming into contact with coronavirus

‘This morning I have said that he can quarantine at home,’ Chief Health Officer Jeannette Young confirmed.

‘There are a few conditions on that, I have asked for an urgent COVID test to be done on him and his partner this morning – we are waiting on those results.

‘If those are negative then we’ve organised an ambulance to assist him.’

Mr Ralph was unable to properly see, talk or walk and was previously only granted permission to leave his room to receive chemotherapy. 

Mr Ralph’s condition then rapidly deteriorated and his brain tumour was so aggressive that doctors in Brisbane told the couple it was inoperable.  

Despite undergoing radical brain surgery by Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney, Mr Ralph sadly succumbed to the illness on Friday (pictured with his wife)

Despite undergoing radical brain surgery by Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney, Mr Ralph sadly succumbed to the illness on Friday (pictured with his wife)

Despite undergoing radical brain surgery by Dr Charlie Teo in Sydney, Mr Ralph sadly succumbed to the illness on Friday (pictured with his wife)

Source: Daily Mail Australia | World News

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