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Amanda Keller breaks down in tears over Lewis the koala’s death

Radio host Amanda Keller broke down in tears as she reported the death of Lewis the koala on her WSFM breakfast show on Wednesday.

Lewis went viral last week after footage emerged of grandmother Toni Doherty running into an out-of-control bushfire in Long Flat, a rural village 50km west of Port Macquarie, to rescue the injured marsupial.

After being treated at Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital, Lewis was put to sleep on Tuesday because his injuries were ‘too serious to treat’ any further.

Emotional: Amanda Keller broke down in tears as she reported the death of Lewis the koala on her WSFM radio show on Wednesday

Amanda became visibly emotional while reporting the news, telling listeners she had ‘wept’ after learning of the koala’s death.

‘I wept as I read it yesterday and I’m trying to work out why I was so affected by it,’ she said. 

‘And I think it’s because Lewis and how we feel symbolises all the hopelessness that we feel at the moment, the powerlessness that we feel.’

Choking up, she continued: ‘It feels like with our droughts, with our fires, with our smoke haze, with our storms, catastrophic weather, that we’re heading towards some kind of apocalypse.

‘I think with these crazy [weather] extremes, our country doesn’t feel like it used to, it feels scary at the moment.

‘People want help, they want guidance, they want action, and they’re just not getting it.’

'It feels like with our droughts, with our fires, with our smoke haze, with our storms, catastrophic weather, that we're heading towards some kind of apocalypse,' she said

‘It feels like with our droughts, with our fires, with our smoke haze, with our storms, catastrophic weather, that we’re heading towards some kind of apocalypse,’ she said 

She continued: ‘And I’m so sorry we couldn’t save him. I’m crying now, but I just felt this sense of despair and I’m an optimistic person.’

Amanda then urged Australia’s leaders to work together to do something to stop more loss from happening in the future.

‘Millions of dollars have been donated to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital, we need to repopulate that area with surviving koalas. That’s their breeding ground, we’ve lost so many.

‘But also lets urge our leaders on all sides to do something, a plan, because my fear is that this is the new normal and no one is planning for it … No one is planning and if you are, tell us.’ 

'I'm so sorry we couldn't save him,' she sobbed. 'I'm crying now, but I just felt this sense of despair and I'm an optimistic person'

‘I’m so sorry we couldn’t save him,’ she sobbed. ‘I’m crying now, but I just felt this sense of despair and I’m an optimistic person’

Lewis was taken to the Port Macquarie Koala Hospital where his burns were treated, but he was put down on Tuesday due to the severity of his injuries.

‘Today we made the decision to put Ellenborough Lewis to sleep,’ the hospital said in a statement on Facebook.

‘We placed him under general anaesthesia this morning to assess his burns injuries and change the bandages.

Hero: Lewis went viral last week after video emerged of grandmother Toni Doherty (pictured) running into an out-of-control bushfire in Long Flat to rescue the injured marsupial

Hero: Lewis went viral last week after video emerged of grandmother Toni Doherty (pictured) running into an out-of-control bushfire in Long Flat to rescue the injured marsupial

‘We recently posted that “Burns injuries can get worse before they get better”.

‘In Ellenborough Lewis’ case, the burns did get worse, and unfortunately would not have gotten better.’

The koala had suffered burns to his hands, feet, arms and the inside of his legs.

The hospital had previously stated it didn’t keep koalas alive if that meant them suffering too much pain and discomfort.

Farewell: After being treated at Port Macquarie's Koala Hospital, Lewis was put to sleep on Tuesday because his injuries were 'too serious to treat' any further

Farewell: After being treated at Port Macquarie’s Koala Hospital, Lewis was put to sleep on Tuesday because his injuries were ‘too serious to treat’ any further 

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