In the heat of the inferno: Paralympic racer Luke Bailey tells of the fear of facing mega fire

Simon McCarthy
By Simon McCarthy
Updated March 5 2022 - 9:55pm, first published 9:27pm

Luke Bailey remembers the first time he died. He had woken from one of a number of operations he has had in treatment for spina bifida, to learn from his mother at his bedside that the surgeons had spent that last two hours trying to bring him back.


Simon McCarthy

Simon McCarthy

Digital Journalist, Newcastle Herald

Simon McCarthy is a digital journalist working at the Newcastle Herald in NSW. He writes and produces video and multimedia for the Herald and Herald Weekender magazine, and co-produces the Toohey's News podcast. McCarthy has worked as a journalist in regional NSW since 2013. He joined the newsroom of the Newcastle Herald in 2017 from the Northern Daily Leader in Tamworth where he worked from 2015 to 2016.

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