Sydney neurosurgeon Charlie Teo could be trading scrubs for a wedding suit soon after revealing social media posts hinted he has recently become engaged to his girlfriend Traci Griffiths.
The couple met when Ms Griffiths sought Dr Teo’s expert advice in 2009, although they did not begin dating until 11 years later after the brain surgeon split from his wife.
Dr Teo previously operated on WA girl Amelia ‘Milli’ Lucas, who captured the hearts of the nation during her brave cancer battle. The 14-year-old lost her cancer battle in January 2021.
Wedding rumours have followed the well-known surgeon and his former patient for more than a year, but it appears there may now be some truth to the whispers.
Ms Griffiths, a vegan activist and fitness influencer, has used revealing hashtags in pictures of the couple to hint at the change in their relationship status.
The former model has consistently tagged photos of her and Dr Teo with references to “#myhero” and “#mybestfriend” during their relationship, but she upgraded the hashtags in May to “#myfiance” and “#ilovemyfiance”.
The revelations are buried in a number of hashtags attached to photos of Ms Griffiths at the Charlie Teo Foundation Ball more than two months ago.
The engagement hints continued in June with pictures of the costumed couple attending a Great Gastby themed birthday party.
Photos from the night are captioned with the same fiance hashtags and a nod to Dr Teo’s paperboy outfit.
After dropping the tantalising suggestions, Ms Griffiths has remained quiet on the topic of her relationship.
The animal activist hasn’t posted any further photos of the couple on her social media accounts and there have been no more revealing hashtags.
Neither she nor Dr Teo responded to requests for comment about the engagement.
The exciting hints come as Dr Teo has taken a step back from his work as a neurosurgeon after conditions were imposed on his medical registration last year following complaints from colleagues.
In August 2021, the Medical Council of NSW banned Dr Teo from performing high-risk surgeries without the written approval from a second independent neurosurgeon.
The restrictions will remain in place until next month.
Prior to the review of his medical practices, Dr Teo had built his reputation by operating on those with incurable or inoperable brain cancers.