Community helps emphysema sufferer

LYN TRETHAN will be able to breathe easier thanks to the generous and overwhelming support she’s received from the community.

After the Chronicle published Ms Trethan’s plight, a woman donated an oxygen concentrator machine and several people have offered financial aid.

Ms Trethan, a chronic emphysema sufferer, has been practically housebound since her portable oxygen concentrator machine’s battery died.

With the portable machine out of order, she has been connected to her larger home machine 24 hours a day.

But when her River Heads home suffered a power outage, it was only because her family had the initiative to hook the broken machine up to a car engine that Ms Trethan was able to continue breathing.

“We’ve had a great response,” said friend Karena Jones, who put the call out to assist Ms Trethan.

“The generosity of the community has been amazing and we just want to say thanks to everybody.”

The Sydney-based company that makes the machines also got wind of the story and has offered to fix Ms Trethan’s portable concentrator free of charge.

They will give her another machine to use in the meantime.

One woman who had been storing an oxygen machine since her husband died gave it to Ms Trethan, along with an oxygen tank and a shower chair.

Another kind-hearted woman emailed Ms Jones and said she was willing to donate $10 a fortnight over the coming weeks.

Ms Jones says any money received will go into a trust fund for Ms Trethan.

“We were very very surprised (at the response),” she said. “Now she is looking forward to getting out of the house.



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