Charlie Teo gives emotional interview to Erin Molan

Charlie Teo has given a heartfelt interview in which he said people in Australia were dying while he was unable to practise.

The renowned and controversial brain surgeon was found guilty of unsatisfactory professional conduct by a professional standards committee in July and had conditions placed on his registration.

The committee found that Dr Teo operated on two patients with terminal brain tumours “where the risk of surgery outweighed any potential benefits of the surgery”.

They were left with catastrophic brain injuries and both died.

Despite the controversy, many of Dr Teo’s patients say they would be dead if it wasn’t for him and hail him as a miracle worker.

In a new interview with Erin Molan, Dr Teo has now said he is ready to return to practising in Australia, agreeing that people were dying while he was unable to work.

He also revealed he saw a guru following his spectacular fall from grace and was now mainly doing pro bono work in Europe, where other doctors are learning from him.

“I’m sort of starting to see the positive sides of it,” he said.

“The positive sides are that, you know, for 30 years I helped a lot of Australians with brain cancer and brain tumours, and now I’m helping other people.

“I operated on a little boy from Romania last week. I’ve got a boy from Turkey that I’m

operating on next week.

“So look, I just have to say it from a very philosophical point of view that maybe it was my time to move on.”

Dr Teo is a leading expert in brain stem gliomas and has previously helped patients who have been told their tumours are inoperable by other doctors.

Molan said: “I get the feeling so much Doctor that other people in this country are losing their lives because you’re not operating here.”

Dr Teo said: “Well the truth is yes, I mean, I have particular expertise on this type of tumour.

“I published the largest series in the world on surgery for brain stem gliomas.

“I can tell you right now, there’s a 25-year-old girl from the Gold Coast.

“She’s beautiful. She’s got a brain stem glioma that I could remove in a heartbeat.

“She cannot afford to go overseas. She’s been told by all the surgeons in Australia

that it’s inoperable. And yet, it’s a benign, operable tumour. And that’s just one of several (requests) that I receive every day.

“It’s just a simple fact that I specialise in brain stem gliomas. And, yes, that expertise is no longer available here.”

Asked if there is any way he could return to practising, Dr Teo said he needed a hospital in Australia to give him privileges.

“I still have a full licence,” he said.

“I’m, licensed by APRA. I have conditions on two specific types of tumours, and that’s it.

“So I need a supervisor…and I’ve got that supervisor, a good colleague and experienced neurosurgeon who’s willing to step up and be the supervisor.

“All I need is a hospital, a public hospital or a private hospital somewhere in Australia to give me privileges. And I’ll be operating tomorrow.”

Dr Teo’s former patient Maddy Suy, nine, also appeared on the show to defend him.

She was just six when she was diagnosed with an aggressive brain tumour and given two years to live.

“I think he’s an amazing person” she said.

“I don’t know why other people hate him.

“It really breaks my heart when I hear, like, people saying bad stuff about him when I walk past them. But I reckon Charlie is an amazing man.”

Originally published as Charlie Teo teases comeback and confirms lives are being lost while he is not practising in Australia