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Former Westpac Rescue Helicopter patient Rod Marshdale paid it forward today, giving one of the highest-quality air purifiers to a friend living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Rod was airlifted from Taree six years ago, when his own Cystic Fibrosis suddenly worsened.

He says the Australian-built purifier has changed his life.

“It just stops a lot of the inflamation you get, we don’t get the infections following the inflamation in your immune system and we sleep better at night – it’s a huge thing if you can’t sleep.” – Rod Marshdale

The machine is one of just a handful operating in the state, to help prevent fungal infections.

“At the moment, my lung function’s 48 per cent. Hopefully with the air purifier will improve.” – Tylah Orr

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Lauren Kempe

Lauren Kempe is a reporter, producer and weather presenter for NBN News in Newcastle. Lauren grew up in the Hunter, and completed a Bachelor of Communication at the University of Newcastle.

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