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British Immigrant wins Australian of the Year

Old Jan 26th 2005, 12:46 pm
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Fiona Wood is originally from Yorkshire and came here 18 years ago - GOOD ON HER!

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asi...ic/4205077.stm

A plastic surgeon who achieved media prominence for her pioneering work helping victims of the Bali bombing has been named Australian of the Year.

Dr Fiona Wood, a burns specialist at Royal Perth Hospital, invented a spray-on skin for burns victims.

Australian Prime Minister John Howard, announcing the award, said Dr Wood was "an incredible person" who would make a "magnificent" ambassador for Australia.

An environmentalist, film maker and philanthropist were also honoured.

Dr Wood invented a skin engineering technique which reduced the amount of time needed to produce enough cells to cover major burns from 21 days to five.

She co-founded a business called Clinical Cell Culture after turning to cultured skin to save the life of a schoolteacher with 90% burns in 1992.

She was able to use this technique in treating 28 victims of the 2002 Bali attacks.

"Trailblazing burns treatment, mother of six children, a clearly happy and united family, wonderfully vivacious and vital woman - I think she'll be a wonderful ambassador," Mr Howard told reporters.
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Old Jan 26th 2005, 12:50 pm
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Hi Renth,

Yeah, heard about this on my way to work. Don't care where she's from! What she does sounds fascinating and clearly important. Good for her!

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Old Jan 26th 2005, 5:19 pm
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A great example of fitting into your new life and going for it!
 

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