Things were not going well in McKerrow . Mum was getting more ill by the day since her second child . A small section job was not enough to pay the bills (hospital bill) and keep a family . The baby was still reacting to Mum's milk and formula .
Dad heard of an opening in Larchwood on the CPR main track just north of Sudbury . It was a larger place with a station and two section houses , one of which could be theirs . So he applied to move up the section ladder . Since he had some seniority behind him , he was able to get the position . In February 1951 , they headed to Larchwood .
In Larchwood , Mum was able to get into Sudbury to see a doctor . He took one look at Mum and called for a full examination . She had developed severe infection which was slowly killing her because of the poor treatment she had received during giving birth . Because her child was large , the doctor should have cut her to prevent tearing . Even with the emergency , his lack of concern , failure to repair damage and disregard for sanitary procedure had led to infection and blood poisoning . He was totally disgusted that a colleague like this was allowed to practise medicine . He made a call immediately , with Mum in his office , to the Espanola doctor and threatened him with the medical board if he ever heard of another case of maltreatment on any of his patients again .
Dad and Mum received a letter later informing them that the hospital bill from Espanola had been cancelled with no explanation other than 'Paid in full'. Things were at last looking up .