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14 April 2011
Coffs Coast Advocate

Wife's plea for help

www.coffscoastadvocate.com.au/story/2011/04/14/wifes-plea-for-help

LESS than a year after he was recognised for his work as an advocate for men, former Northern Beaches resident Tony Miller is fighting for his life.

Mr Miller collapsed at his home in Brisbane last Wednesday.

Doctors later diagnosed a heart condition.

His wife Romika said he was due to have open heart surgery late yesterday.

"He is having troubles breathing and is not getting enough oxygen to his heart," Mrs Miller said.

It was in June last year that the founder of Dads In Distress (DIDS) was awarded an OAM for his services to the community.

At the time he revealed he had resigned from the organisation but would not be drawn into why he had decided to walk away.

When he and his wife Romika went to Sydney to receive his award from the NSW Governor Marie Bashir, Mr Miller revealed he had been sleeping rough in a car at the Jetty and had to get a suit from a charity shop for the presentation.

The couple and their two children later moved to remote rural property in the state's north before settling in Brisbane.

Mrs Miller said the once courageous campaigner for family issues had found himself worn out by the constant stresses of financial hardship, unemployment, racial discrimination, health issues and the very real possibility of his family becoming homeless.

She rang the Woolgoolga Advertiser last week to call for help.

"I can't believe that man - what he was and the man what he is now," she said.

"He doesn't talk, eat, he doesn't take his tablets, he is dying a bit every day.

Is there anyone out there who can help Tony?

I have to be strong in front of him - if I break there will be more mess."

If anyone can help, contact Romika on 0450 300 513.




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