Manukau Courier : December 2nd 2010
3 MANUKAU COURIER, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Get your hands dirty 7647 00125 MIT's Certificate in Horticulture is now available at Unitec Mt Albert or MIT Manukau. Certificate in Horticulture (Level 4) • One year (three days a week) • Practical learning • Opportunities for part-time work • Study at Unitec Mt Albert or MIT Manukau. For a complete list of programmes, or for more information contact: 0800 62 62 52 • www.manukau.ac.nz • firstname.lastname@example.org ENROL NOW FOR FEBRUARY PHONEUSON0800889888/2638518 VISIT US AT 22 Cavendish Drive, Manukau City OR ONLINE AT www.SPLNZ.co.nz Normal Lending Criteria Apply MAKING CHRISTMAS EASIER with fast service and competitive rates from SouthPaci cLoans. Christmas is a time for giving, so we would like to give you a Christmas Gift with every approved loan of $500 or more in December. To nd out the options available to you, call South Paci c Loans today! 21 LADY RUBY DRIVE EAST TAMAKI WEDNESDAY 1st December 9AM - 4PM THURSDAY 2nd December 9AM - 4PM FRIDAY 3rd December 9AM - 4PM SATURDAY 4th December 9AM - 2PM Super Liquor Otahuhu 52 Atkinson Ave Ph:09-2761700 Super Liquor Papatoetoe 24 Charles Street Hunters Corner Ph:09-2784389 $19.99 pack $18.99 pack Malibu 700ml Kahlua 700ml (Valid 2nd,3rd,4th Dec) Cruiser 8% Codys 8% 12Pk Cans 250ml 2 for $49.99 Export Gold/ Tui/Lion Red/ Speights 15Pk bottles 330ml 3233197AA 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 HOW YOU CAN HELP 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 preventable, 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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