60 has quite a few medical stories this week and catches up with Julia Morris.
Chloe Fergusson was just like any other 15 year old girl – she loved hanging out with her friends, talking about boys and she was always on Facebook. Like so many teenagers, Chloe knew what it meant to be bullied. For years, she’d endured verbal and physical assaults but when Chloe went home and shut her bedroom door, the bullies were still there. Because the latest, possibly greatest, weapon in bullying is social media. For Chloe, the impact was devastating. Last month, she took her own life. It’s left her friends and family shattered and now her sister Cassie is on a one-woman crusade to make bullying a crime.
Reporter: Allison Langdon
Producer: Ali Smith
Island of Youth
Liz Hayes has just visited a very special island. It’s a magical place where people live longer than anyone else on earth. They’re also happier and healthier. They have lower rates of cancer and heart disease and no dementia. So how do so many people live to be 100 and still tend their olive trees, drink lots of red wine and dance the night away? This Sunday, they reveal their secrets and you’ll be very surprised by what they say.
Reporter: Liz Hayes
Producer: Stephen Rice
It’s fair to say that Julia Morris is no overnight success. For more than 20 years she has plied her trade, from stand-up to sketch comedy. In Hollywood she was told she was “too big” to be an actress but not big enough for the “larger” roles. Despite setbacks and heartache, Julia’s self-belief and determination to succeed has meant that at the age of 45, she’s now starring in a hit TV drama and hosting a national variety show. But just as things were looking up, Julia had another setback; her real life house husband was diagnosed with breast cancer. Peter Overton profiles a most remarkable woman.
Reporter: Peter Overton
Producer: Steven Burling
Blaise Wyatt is not your typical hero. He was born with severe cerebral palsy. His parents were told he’d never walk. Doctors said he wouldn’t even sit up or roll over. But thanks to a controversial new treatment, he’s shown us that courage comes in many shapes and sizes. Earlier this year, we all held our breath as Blaise took his first few tiny steps. Now, we’re thrilled to report that his progress hasn’t stopped at those few halting paces. Blaise is free of his leg splints, standing tall, and walking on his own two feet.
Reporter: Peter Overton
Producer: Jo Townsend
8pm Sunday on Nine.