Australian Story - Takes Your Breath Away (Maria Rezo)
Australian Story looks at a medical mystery, as two Australian women, Mary Rezo and Shani Eldridge, battle to come to terms with a rare and debilitating lung disease that strikes down women of child-bearing age. One is a Melbourne woman with two young sons. The other a young Sydney woman, was newly married and at the start of her professional career.
For both their frightening prognosis came out of the blue as they suffered what they believed to be symptoms of asthma. But the disease, which has been diagnosed in about 50 women Australia wide, is one that is misunderstood and often missed. What is known is that it wreaks havoc on young women's lungs, kidneys and ability to have children. Mary and Shani live their lives with both courage and optimism as they face the consequences of a medical condition that offers few options.
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