When a Queensland veterinary student’s daughter fell ill and died after contracting the virus from a pet, she was not the first.
But when the news broke in May, she left behind a legacy of gratitude, thanks to the care and support of her father, who went to great lengths to ensure her survival.
The young vet’s mother was also infected and passed on the disease to her daughter, who passed it on to her husband, who also contracted it.
They have now been reunited, and Dr David Wills and his daughter, Samantha, now live in the same home.
But what has emerged from their reunion is an unusual bond, and a remarkable story of resilience, perseverance and hope.
“We were not the only ones to have fallen ill and we were not alone,” Dr Wills said.
I had to have a life of fear and fear was something that I was very much aware of,” he said.”
It is a wonderful story of perseverance, resilience and hope.”
“I had to have a life of fear and fear was something that I was very much aware of,” he said.
Dr Wills has been working in a number of rural communities in Queensland for more than two decades, helping local vets and helping those who are ill and sick with vaccinations and other treatments.
“I love working with animals, I love caring for animals,” he told Al Jazeera.
“As far as I can see, there is a very good correlation between the number of pets that are in the community and the number that are dying.”
“There’s a lot of different factors that go into those things, and I guess the main one is that there’s a certain amount of fear that goes along with being a vet.”
There are people that feel like they don’t know what’s going on, so I think people have a tendency to say, ‘Well, I don’t want to be there’,” Dr Welsaid.”
But if you have someone that is caring for a pet that’s sick and that’s being monitored, and they are being given all the support and all the care that they need, then that’s what you want.
“Dr Wilsaid is now helping a family who lost their pet to COVID, but the vet also understands the importance of caring for the pets.”
It’s not like I’ve had to put them in a hospital and make them sick,” he explained.”
When you get that first hit of the virus, it can be quite frightening, but that first moment when it hits, and then you know that it’s not going to be the end of the world, it’s just going to give you a chance to get through it.”‘
I just want to help her’Dr Wels said that while he had no desire to become a veterinarian himself, he understood the responsibility of caring a patient.”
If I can help her, that’s all that matters,” he added.”
So I just want her to know I’m here and that I’m not going anywhere.
“The two are working to raise funds to help other families that are dealing with similar situations.”
What’s amazing is the amount of people who have donated,” Dr. Wills continued.”
One of the most amazing things I’ve seen in all of my work is that people are really passionate about helping other people.
“Dr. Wils has been the owner of a small business in the state for 20 years, which has allowed him to help out in his community, and to make a living.”
My family has always been good, and my business is really growing,” he recalled.”
With my experience I know that I need to take it further and help other people that are struggling.
“A lot of people have got really poor credit, so they’re struggling to get by, and sometimes they don´t know where to go to get help.”
That’s why I want to do more to help people.””
A lot more people want to get into medicine than we ever imagined’Dr Hildrey added that she was surprised by the amount the public was coming to her support.””
But I want you to know that there are people who are really doing what they can to help.”‘
A lot more people want to get into medicine than we ever imagined’Dr Hildrey added that she was surprised by the amount the public was coming to her support.
“People want to learn, but sometimes they’re not willing to go the extra mile to do it,” she said.
The fact the community has come together so quickly to help and provide care for a sick child was “just amazing”, Dr Hilda said.
“I just love working here.”
Dr Hilda was initially skeptical about joining the cause, but was convinced when she saw the outpouring of support.
Her experience working in rural communities and in the animal shelter system in the Queensland state capital, Brisbane, taught her that people wanted