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Bali's Miracle Worker

When video journalist David O’Shea visited Bali in May 2009, he found a desperate group of mentally ill people chained up for years by their families… and a courageous woman trying to help them.

Now he’s returned to Indonesia for Dateline to see what psychiatrist, Dr Luh Ketut Suryani, has been able to achieve, and he’s amazed by the results.

Gusti, pictured above before and after treatment, is just one of the success stories she’s had from tirelessly treating the ill and educating their families.

But now the work of Suryani and her volunteers is under threat, because of a lack of resources and financial support from the government.

So what future for Bali’s mentally ill? Watch David’s report.

You can also still watch David’s original report from May 2009, Bali's Shame, online.


Go to the website of the Suryani Institute for Mental Health to find out how to make a donation.

On air: 14th March 2010

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