RPA: Where Are They Now?: Mar 16

This week's episode of Nine's RPA: Where are They Now? will be the final in the series.

This week’s episode of Nine’s RPA: Where are They Now? will be the final in the series.

It revisits four patients including: Chris, who at the age of 20 had aggressive treatment to remove a large tumour in his head; Jackie, who has undergone an inspirational journey since 1997; Clinton, who needed major brain surgery; and 14-year-old Tony, who longs to get back to playing rugby.

In 2009, Chris was told he had a malignant tumour the size of a tennis ball in the middle of his head. The tricky location meant doctors couldn’t operate, so the university student was subjected to aggressive treatment. As a result of his experience, Chris decided to raise money for young cancer patients and donate it to Chris O’Brien’s Lifehouse at RPA. His determination and drive is extraordinary.

Viewers first met Jackie in 1997 when she was 31 weeks pregnant and admitted to RPA with mysterious, unrelated symptoms. What has followed is an extraordinary journey of courage and endurance. Nearly 14 years later, her story is an inspiration.

Last year Clinton, 29, travelled from Lightning Ridge to RPA for major surgery after doctors discovered his brain was pushing into his spinal cord. For most of his life Clinton has had severe headaches – simple things like laughing with his kids caused him pain. His condition had also stopped him from working. Now back home in Lightning Ridge, his life has changed dramatically.

An awkward tackle landed young Tony in an ambulance and on his way to RPA’s Emergency Department in 2009. Tony was diagnosed with a dislocated kneecap which sidelined his budding rugby career. Now we see how far he has come since his sporting dreams were shattered.

The RPA series is narrated by Australian actor and artist, Max Cullen.

RPA: Where are They Now? airs Wednesday, March 16, at 9.30pm on Nine.­

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