Eastern Courier : December 1st 2010
5 EASTERN COURIER, DECEMBER 1, 2010 NEWS 3 Factory Shop End of Line Sale Saturday 4th December 9.30am - 1.30pm 47 Dalgety Drive, Manukau City Kitchens Laundry Vanities Storage 3317677AA Best of Fresh for Less Dannemora 345 Chapel Road Pakuranga 290 Ti Rakau Dr Botany 280 Botany Rd Howick 219 Moore St Normal trading hours Mon - Sun 7.30am - 6.30pm. EC1/12 All our fresh fruit and vegetables in store are clearly labelled for country of origin King Sweeties & Little Sweeties Peppers $1.99pack Portabella Mushrooms $8.99kg Fresh Spinach $1.99bag Fresh Tomatoes $2.49bag Fresh Snow Peas $2.99bag Bonita Bananas $1.99kg Ecuador 200g Truss Tomatoes $2.99kg Choy Sum 79cbunch 800g Buy USA Anjou Pears, beintoWIN one of five $500 Fruit World vouchers Christmas at the zoo Auckland Zoo's annual Christmas event will give children the chance to visit Santa in a Narnia-themed grotto. On December 3 from 6pm to 8.30pm there will be entertainment at the band rotunda including live music with the Zoolu's Band, giveaways and face painting. There's also the chance for kids to have their photos taken at the bow of a ship to celebrate the release of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. Children will receive a present and staff will give animals Christmas- themed enrichment pres- ents. Go to www.auckland zoo.co.nz for more information. Special bond with young burn victims Healing hands: Kidz First clinical nurse specialist Deborah Murray helps six-year-old Kaela Neil who was badly burnt by fireworks early in November. Photo: SIMON WATTS By MELISSA KINEALY HELP OUT You too can help make a difference to the lives of burn victims. Donations can be posted to Operation Heal, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Please make cheques payable to the Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust. People can also bank donations online in The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust Westpac account number 03 0219 0391544 00. Alternatively people can text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3. OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust The worst part of Deborah Murray's job is seeing a child with bad flame burns arrive at the emergency department in an ambulance. The clinical nurse specialist at Kidz First Children's Hospital looks after youngsters who can be scarred for life. Flame burns are hor- rendous injuries. These are the most distressing type of burns for me because I know they're going to be deep,'' she says. Around 150 children are admitted to Kidz First with burns each year and the more com- plex cases go on to the National Burn Centre. That's why Deborah is lending her support to the Operation Heal cam- paign to buy a high-tech operating microscope. The much-needed equipment will be used for plastic and recon- structive surgery. It's state-of-the-art equipment that will improve the outcomes for my patients,'' Deborah says. It's equipment she wishes the centre didn't need. Most burns are pre- ventable, she says, and she's saddened that the safety messages don't seem to get through. It's the same old things.'' Kids still get badly burned if their clothes catch fire when they stand too close to heaters or when they've been playing with matches or lighters. They still pull hot drinks off tables, tug boiling kettles over on themselves and fall into baths of scalding water. The trauma of being burnt is horrendous -- but it's all preventable.'' Six-year-old Kaela Neil has been at Kidz First for two weeks after suffering burns from a firework at her neighbour's house. Her mum Dixie Neil heard screaming and ran next door to find her neighbours had put Kaela in the shower immediately after the injury occurred. They did everything perfectly -- we could not have asked for a quicker reaction,'' Deborah says. But the damage was already done and the child has burns across her chest and arms. Deborah has worked at Middlemore Hospital for 20 years -- mostly dealing with paediatric burns -- and has been in her nurse specialist role at Kidz First for the past eight. She also helps educate other nurses, community groups and health pro- fessionals in burns pre- vention. But her biggest chal- lenge is trying to normal- ise things for the chil- dren while they are in hospital. She forms lasting relationships with them and can be involved in their rehabilitation for anywhere between six months and a couple of years. Once a child is discharged from hospital that's when my nurse specialist role really kicks in. I know that we do a really good job for our families. I know that we make a difference.''
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