Relief for mum who found missing son in a NQ hospital
EKATERINI Norman spent two weeks and sleepless nights calling police stations and hospitals across North Queensland searching for missing son Gregory Djokic.
Worried sick, she feared he might have died after going bush without vital medication.
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But her dogged persistence paid off on Tuesday when she located Gregory in a Cairns hospital after he had been admitted in a "bad way".
The last time she saw Gregory on February 16, he had kissed her and said "goodbye" before driving away from their Coowonga property in his ute, taking his two beloved dogs with him.
Last Tuesday, police advised Ekaterini someone had withdrawn all the money from Gregory's bank account on March 3 in Cooktown.
Yesterday, Ekaterini told The Morning Bulletin of her profound relief after tracking her son down to the Cairns hospital, where he is recovering from an emotional breakdown.
He is expected to be in hospital for three weeks.
After a month of torment and fearing the worst for Gregory, Ekaterini said it was wonderful to find him safe and speak to him on the phone.
Ekaterini said it could still be weeks before she sees her son again, with Cyclone Nathan bearing down on the far north making travel to the city risky.
She was warned by hospital staff not to make the trip at this time.
But Ekaterini is still frustrated and said the hospital and police hadn't told her Gregory had been found.
Ekaterini felt parents did not have enough power when it came to looking after their children under the Mental Health Act.
She wants the legislation changed to allow parents to have more of a say in their child's health and treatment.
"The Mental Health Act makes families the enemies," Ekaterini said.
"Who cares about my son more than I do?"
Ekaterini said she also wanted to see mental health practitioners treat every patient as an individual, with their own unique challenges.
Rockhampton police had previously confirmed Gregory was listed as a missing person. The officers investigating his case could not be contacted for comment yesterday.