'I couldn't leave her to die': GP helps mother escape Ukraine

Dr Natalia Peker used a phone and family contacts to get her mother to safety

A few weeks ago, Dr Natalia Peker left her farm in Goulburn and drove to Sydney Airport, where she was reunited with her mother, Larissa.

Dr Natalia Peker
Dr Natalia Peker.

It had been seven years since they last saw each other. But times had changed. Larissa arrived holding her suitcase, the only thing she had left because she had just escaped with her life from Ukraine.

Nearly blind, the 84-year-old

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