Posted by Business Insider Australia on September 13, 2018 07:16:47It was the perfect storm of the Australian summer, with the mercury already at around 20C and the weather turning cold and damp.
So what happened when the babies’ father, Nicklaus, was hospitalised with pneumonia?
The Australian Medical Association’s health guidelines recommend that children be given time to get to a hospital before they go home, which means Nicklaus spent six months in hospital, including four days in a nursing home.
He was discharged on the first day of his stay and then discharged again, meaning he never left Australia.
The AMA says Nicklaus was at his most active around the time of the pandemic and is known for his golf prowess.
His son, Brad, also a US golfer, was diagnosed with pneumonia at the same time.
Brad said he was “totally fine” when he was discharged and has been living in the US ever since.
“I just wanted to see if I could be there and help out,” he said.
I can tell you the first thing I said was ‘I don’t think I can do this’,” he said, describing how he initially felt sick.
But Brad had an infection of the liver and then the pneumonia, which he thought was a virus.
After spending time in a hospital, Brad said he felt better.”
It was very scary.
I thought I was going to die.
I was really scared.
I didn’t think it was real,” he told the ABC.
When he was finally discharged, Brad had to leave the US to make sure he was still able to travel to Australia.
But he had been working in the United States for years.
He said he is “disappointed” with the decision and thinks it could have been handled differently.”
I think this is what happened,” he explained.
Nicklaus is the youngest winner of the Masters and the first golfer to win four majors in a row, a feat he achieved with the help of his wife and children.
In addition to winning his first Masters title in 2005, Nicklas is a four-time US champion, including two straight in 2017 and 2018.
He has a daughter named Brooke, a US citizen, and a son named Jordan.
Brad said his father has always been a family man and has always supported him financially, even though he has not always been financially stable.”
He was very generous,” he admitted.”
The way he has been able to stay on his feet and make money and keep us going is amazing, but I think he has a tough time sometimes,” he added.
Brad and his wife, Kate, have two young sons, Dylan and Ryan, who are all enrolled at Fairview Hospital in Sydney.
Kate said the family has struggled financially for years, with Brad unable to get his children to school, and they have been unable to afford the medical costs of Brooke’s illness.”
They’re really, really close to their mum, they have no money,” Kate said.”
And we’re struggling with our finances and the money we’re getting to live.
We have to support our kids with our own money and that’s what it comes down to.
“Brad said the AMA’s guidelines say that children are best cared for in a child-proof environment, such as a locked bedroom, so he has secured a safe place in which to store his family’s possessions.
Kelly Brown from the Royal Children’s Hospital of Western Australia said Nicklaus’s case was an example of how families should support their own medical needs.
She said the Australian Medical Organisation has a process for setting guidelines, but that the guidelines are not mandatory.
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