‘Waiting for your child to die is not an option’: A GP’s fight to save her daughter

When cancer scientist Matt Dun and his GP wife Phoebe discovered their daughter had an inoperable brain tumour, they put their training to work
Liz Gooch
Dr Phoebe and Matt Dun. Photo: Fairfax

On a hot Saturday afternoon in February 2018, Matt and Phoebe Dun were sitting in a hospital corridor, waiting for their two-and-a-half-year-old daughter, Josie, to wake up.

She’d just had a general anaesthetic and a brain scan at Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital. That morning, Josie had been falling over and struggling to move her right arm properly.