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The death of Alex Braes still haunts doctors who didn’t even know him

In the small hours of a Wednesday in an outback town, a teenager struggled to sleep.

Eighteen-year-old Alex Braes’ knee was so painful, he asked his father to take him to Broken Hill Hospital.

  • Louise Milligan, Lesley Robinson and Meredith Griffiths
  • Four Corners and ABC News

The timeline of what happened next is a harrowing account of failure in Australia’s regional hospitals, where resources are stretched and staff are under constant pressure.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare figures released in July show the further Australians live from capital cities, the higher the rate of …

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