Quake doctor says ‘I’m no hero’

HE HELPED save at least 19 lives after the Christchurch earthquake on 22 February, but Australian doctor Stuart Philip doesn’t consider himself a hero.

“I’m not brave,” the Brisbane urologist told MO from the scene of devastating carnage. “I did what anyone else in the situation would have done.” 

Dr Philip, from Brisbane’s Mater Hospital, was among 430 Australian healthcare professionals at a conference for the Urological Society of Australia and New Zealand when the 6.3-magnitude quake struck.

While delegates were evacuated, Dr Philip and two other medicos – a Melbourne urologist and an anaesthetist – pooled what meagre resources they could and set up camp at the stricken Pyne Gould office block.

“We set up a basic medical triage service,” he said. “Some medics gave us some basic life support gear. Then it was a matter of the fire [crews] and police locating