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A loving wife and accomplished professor has died from asbestos-related cancer just days after pleading for Australians to ‘wake up’ to the dangers hidden in the home renovations craze which has taken off during the pandemic.

Gillian North, tragically passed away from mesothelioma in her Thirroul home at the age of 61, surrounded by her husband Martin North and twin sister Jocelyn Johnson.

‘I just lost half my heart,’ a tearful Ms Johnson told Daily Mail Australia, adding that  

Her death comes just days after she is plead with renovators to pay for professionals to remove the deadly building material asbestos, instead of trying to do it themselves, which is found in one third of homes across Australia. 

‘If I can save one life by raising awareness about this deadly material and how easy it is to die from contact with it then all my work is worth it,’ she told Daily Mail Australia.

‘It is completely preventable, if only people knew.’

She used the final months of her life to passionately push for major reforms prevent others suffering the fate she did.  

A leading academic who had a career in law, accounting and at Deakin University, Ms North had written an incredible 18 research papers about asbestos dangers and reforms.

Ms North was convinced she developed the fatal cancer after being exposed to asbestos while during home renovations in the United Kingdom 32 years ago and in Australia 25 years ago.

 While working for a Japanese investment bank in the London, she renovated a house at Hampstead in 1990.

After she met her husband Martin in 1995 the couple moved to Sydney, where they bought a renovated a house at Cremorne.

‘I knew absolutely nothing… about the dangers of asbestos to health, took no precautions because I didn’t know,’ she said.

‘I didn’t use any professional asbestos assessments or professionals.’

Martin recalled: ‘She always wanted to do it herself. She wanted the pleasure of doing it herself and seeing it coming together.’

He said watching his wife die is ‘the most traumatic experience of my life’.

‘I feel completely out of control, I’m watching her being hollowed out from the inside,’ he said.

Source: DailyMail

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