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Dr Karl Kruszelnick discusses why he decided to quit his position as a paediatrician and join the ABC like Norman Swan

Heartbreaking Reason Dr. Karl quit saving children’s lives as a pediatrician to work full-time for the ABC like Dr. Norman Swan

  • Dr. Karl Kruszelnick worked as a pediatrician in the 1980s, caring for children
  • He revealed that a baby he was taking care of died of whooping cough
  • The baby’s death led him to give up his job as a pediatrician for the media
  • Like Dr. Norman Swan, Dr. Karl had left a medical career behind to work for the ABC

Dr. Karl Kruszelnick revealed that he gave up his “dream job” as a pediatrician to become a full-time presenter for the ABC after the death of a baby in his care four decades ago.

The child died of whooping cough – a bacterial lung infection that causes difficulty breathing and severe coughing.

Although vaccines were available at the time to prevent the disease, the child had not had the jab.

Dr. Karl expressed his “anger” at the death, saying the child had “died for nothing,” blaming “irresponsible” misinformation about vaccines circulating in the media at the time.

He even remembered watching a commercial television show that said “vaccines didn’t work.”

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Dr. Karl decided that maybe he could save more people with a job outside of the doctor’s office.

His career path has followed a similar trajectory as ABC’s ABC campaign health reporter Dr.

Dr. Karl Kruszelnick revealed that he gave up his “dream job” as a pediatrician to become a full-time host for the ABC following the death of a baby he was nursing four decades ago.

Dr. Karl Expressed His 'Anger' At The Death, Saying The Child Had 'Died For Nothing', Blaming 'Irresponsible' Misinformation About Vaccines Circulating In The Media At The Time (Photo, Dr Karl In 1968)

Dr. Karl expressed his ‘anger’ at the death, saying the child had ‘died for nothing’, blaming ‘irresponsible’ misinformation about vaccines circulating in the media at the time (photo, Dr Karl in 1968)

“In what they called ‘balanced reporting’ they had a doctor who said ‘get vaccinated’, ‘balanced’ to a madman who said ‘no don’t’ and then they said ‘dear viewer, you decide’,” he told the ABC.

“When that baby died, I thought, ‘This is something terrible, I have to get in the media’.”

For that reason, he left his role as a pediatrician and decided to become a full-time presenter, talking about science and dispelling misinformation.

Dr. Karl already had the occasional gig as a science presenter on Triple J, which gave him a stepping stone to make the transition to becoming a full-time public broadcaster contributor.

He started his broadcasting career with Triple J in 1981, which he said was a total ‘accident’.

Dr. Karl initially decided to try to become an astronaut and sent an application to NASA to enroll in the Astronaut Candidate Program.

In The Aftermath Of The Tragedy, Dr. Karl Decided That Maybe He Could Save More People With A Job Outside Of The Doctor'S Office.

In the aftermath of the tragedy, Dr. Karl decided that maybe he could save more people with a job outside of the doctor’s office.

Soon after, he received a rejection letter, in which NASA explained that they were not taking applications at the time. The space center also said they prefer U.S. citizens for their programs if spots were available.

Not long after, Dr. Karl overheard presenters on Triple J talking about the imminent launch of the space center.

“I called them up and said, ‘I’ve been following the space shuttle for a long time, do you want me to come in and talk about it?’

Dr. Karl went on air the night of the launch and revealed that the shuttle failed to launch due to a fuel cell failure.

Listeners called asking what a fuel cell was, to which the former pediatrician was able to answer thanks to his scientific background.

Dr Karl’s media career took off soon after when he was offered the chance to appear on a program called Great Moments in Science.

He has been with the ABC for over 40 years now, primarily as a radio broadcaster and host of a series of podcasts.

Dr. Karl'S Media Career Began After He Applied To Nasa In 1981, But Shortly After Received A Rejection Letter From The Us Space Agency (Pictured). He Then Heard Radio Hosts On Triple J Talking About An Upcoming Space Launch And Called Them To Give Their Input

Dr. Karl’s media career began after he applied to NASA in 1981, but shortly after received a rejection letter from the US Space Agency (pictured). He then heard radio hosts on Triple J talking about an upcoming space launch and called them to give their input

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