The brother of a leading Adelaide surgeon has described the doctor as a “truly selfless man” who was always thinking about how he could help others.
Dr Michael Yung died in hospital on Tuesday following an alleged home invasion in Gilberton on Monday morning.
Young parents Kerem Aydin, 22, and his fiancee Jacinta Davila, 27, were arrested and charged over his murder on Tuesday night.
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Security footage of the arrest shows Aydin being tackled to the ground at Torrensville Plaza, while Davila, who was pushing their eight-month-old’s pram, is seen running in the opposite direction.
Aydin and Davila appeared in Adelaide Magistrates Court via video link on Wednesday. Prosecutors alleged the couple stole medical supplies from a Torrensville pharmacy and nearby supermarket to treat Aydin’s injuries that he sustained in the alleged invasion.
Dr Michael Yung. Credit: AAP
The pair allegedly intended to steal more than $30,000 worth of property from the Gilberton home, and when confronted by Yung, they bashed him, the court heard.
Yung was head of the Women’s and Children’s Hospital’s paediatric intensive care medical unit in Adelaide.
Following his death, tributes flowed from the health sector and Yung’s former patients.
Yung’s brother Simon said he was a selfless man who helped countless people through his work.
Young parents Kerem Aydin, 22, and his fiancee Jacinta Davila, 27, were arrested and charged over the doctor’s murder. Credit: Supplied
“My brother had a heart bigger than himself,” Simon said.
“Michael was the sort of man that made me want to be a better man myself.”
Simon said Yung helped establish an intensive care paediatric unit in Kenya, where he worked “literally on a dirt floor”.
Following the death of his wife, Kathryn, in 2020, Yung set up the Kathryn Browne-Yung Foundation charity to support Indigenous students studying medicine. Simon said even after her death, Yung was thinking of others.
“He never thought of himself. He would go and work in remote communities in Alice Springs in what I would consider difficult conditions, and he would put every cent into that scholarship fund,” Simon said.
His brother said he is convinced Yung didn’t know his accused killers. Police also believe the alleged break-in was random.