Lisa Wilkinson was visibly emotional when she said a series of kind words about Professor Mary-Louise McLaws on Sunday night’s episode of The Project, following her devastating brain tumor diagnosis.
A day earlier, Professor McLaws, who has been working tirelessly with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a health emergencies adviser, confirmed the tragic health news on Twitter, after suffering from severe headaches.
Lisa broke down in tears as she praised the professor at the end of Sunday’s episode, thanking her for being “so generous with her knowledge” after a series of guest appearances on the current affairs show.
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‘Heartbroken’: The Project presenter Lisa Wilkinson (left) became visibly emotional when she said a series of kind words about Professor Mary-Louise McLaws (right) on Sunday night, following her devastating brain tumor diagnosis.
“Tonight we wanted to take a moment to send our love to a very dear friend of the show, Epidemiologist Professor Mary-Louise McLaws,” Lisa began.
‘Yesterday, Mary-Louise revealed that after suffering from a severe headache on Thursday, she was diagnosed with a brain tumour. Understandably, he is taking a month off from his duties at the University of New South Wales and WHO to be with his family.
With tears in her eyes, she continued: ‘Mary-Louise, I think it’s fair to say that all of us here at The Project were heartbroken to hear the news.
Announcement: Professor Mary-Louise McLaws confirmed the devastating news Saturday afternoon on Twitter, announcing that she will be taking a month’s sick leave from her two roles at the World Health Organization and the University of New South Wales .
‘In these difficult times, your calm and considered information and advice has been invaluable to millions of Australians across the country.
“We want to thank you so much for being so generous with your knowledge, time, and we wish you and your beautiful family all the strength in the world at this difficult time.”
“Just make sure you put that wonderful husband of yours to good work,” she added with a smile.
Comedian Susie Youssef was equally touched by the news, adding: “That’s so well said Lisa, and we all send our love to you.”
“This show is blessed to have extraordinary guests and experts, and we are so grateful, and at a time when we needed a voice of reason and a beautiful sense of humor. We will always be in your debt, we love you very much.
Surprised: Comedian Susie Youssef seemed equally thrilled at the news, adding: “That’s so well said Lisa, and we all send you our love.”
Tragic: Professor McLaws revealed her diagnosis on Twitter, writing: ‘Thanks to the media for helping me spread the word. Now it’s time with my family. Best wishes to all of you’
Jan Fran added, “I couldn’t have said it better, and I hope to have you back on the show in no time.”
Professor Mary-Louise McLaws confirmed the devastating news on Twitter on Saturday afternoon, before announcing that she will be taking a month off sick from her two roles at the World Health Organization and the University of New South Wales.
‘Thank you media for helping me spread the word. Now it’s time with my family. Best wishes to all,” he wrote in the message.
During the pandemic, Professor McLaws has been working with the WHO as a health emergency adviser, playing a key role in the COVID-19 prevention and control response.
Professor McLaws has also appeared regularly on television screens since 2020 for her expert health advice and has often criticized the government for what she perceives as “mishandling” of the pandemic.
In recent weeks, he said Australia’s refusal to widely distribute free rapid antigen tests was a stark example of why the government’s “outbreak management” has failed.
Powerful voice: Professor McLaws has also appeared regularly on television screens since 2020 for her expert health advice and has often criticized the government for what she perceives as ‘mishandling’ of the pandemic.