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PM revealed as donor as offers flood in to help dying dad see kids

PM revealed as donor as offers flood in to help dying dad see kids
A father dying in a Brisbane hospital will be granted his "final wish" to say goodbye to his four children after a huge outpouring of support to fund the tragic farewell and a backflip by the Queensland government.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison is among the thousands of people who helped the NSW-based family of Queensland father Mark Keans smash their fundraising target.
Mr Morrison, who has expressed his concerns about Queensland border restrictions keeping families from dying loved ones, contributed $1000 to the cause, his office confirmed today.
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Mark Keans and his four chidlren (The Today Show)
Overnight, Mr Keans' family was finally granted permission to cross the border to visit him but said they feared they wouldn't be able to afford the "astronomical" coronavirus quarantine costs.
It comes as a medical company has now offered to fly Mr Keans across the border into NSW to see his family.
Mr Keans, 39, is dying of cancer and doctors have said he is unlikely to survive beyond Christmas.
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Donations to the family have now reached $200,000, smashing their goal of $30,000 to fund the trip.
Queensland Deputy Chief Health Officer Dr Sonya Bennett today confirmed health officials were having "very active discussions" with Mr Keans and his family to work towards a solution.
Mark Keans' four children. (Supplied)
"In every situation, with Mark Keans and others, the department works closely with applying for exemptions and the patient to find a solution to support what they would like."
Yesterday Mr Keans' father, Bruce Langborne, said the family had been told they were all allowed to travel across the border but must wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) to visit him in hospital and fork out as much as $20,000 for transport and hotel quarantine.
"Honestly cannot thank everyone enough for all the generous donations," the organiser of an online fundraising page wrote.
"Mark's family are so very appreciative and this will take the financial burden off of their shoulders so now they focus solely on Mark.
Mr Keans' father called the decision gut-wrenching. (Today)
"Thank you again everyone."
A Queensland-based company, Medical Rescue, has come to the family's aid, offering to fly Mr Keans into NSW so his family can avoid crossing the border and the huge costs that come with it.
The company contacted Today and said it could take Mr Keans, with medical care, across the border into the Tweed region, so he can have that final goodbye with his family.
They are now working through their options, deciding which path to take.
The family has attracted a national outpouring of support after it was first revealed the Queensland government had given permission for only one of Mr Keans' children to cross its strictly closed border.
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