Nor West News : November 11th 2010
www.nor-westnews.co.nz Thursday, November 11, 2010 www.nor-westnews.co.nz ition, Online * internet access required Out of town or overseas on business, holiday or whatever reason, with your laptop computer or cellphone* you can keep in touch with all the latest local news in your favourite newspaper. The Latest Local News Anywhere, Anytime. Help Jimi regain freedom Help needed: Jimi, now 15, still needs a major operation to repair his stomach wall. Photo: LUKE PARKER By JUSTIN LATIF Seriously ill: Jimi Harper was just eight when he lost an arm and sustained serious burns to a huge portion of his body. OPERATION The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust JIMI HARPER can't go for a swim in case his intestines burst through the thin layer of skin covering his stomach. He hopes that situation will change once he gets further reconstructive work to correct horrific injuries sustained through a freak accident seven years ago. The 15-year-old was electrocuted by an 11,000 volt line while playing with friends near a power pole when he was just eight. The shock completely destroyed his left arm, blew out his right knee and burnt the skin off the front of his chest and stomach. Jimi has already had 46 operations and still needs one more to rebuild his abdomi- nal wall. But the National Burn Centre doesn't have the budget to buy the high-tech operating microscope needed for the 18-hour exercise. The Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust plans to raise the money needed to make sure Jimi and others like him get the surgery they need. The trust will donate proceeds from its upcoming Christmas charity function to the cause and is also calling on all Nor-west News readers to dig deep and make donations. Jimi and his dad Neil say they are dumbfounded by the gesture. It's awesome,'' Neil says. I've given up my job to help home school Jimi. It's hard enough as it is -- without having to try and come up with this money as well.'' Jimi says one of the first things he'll do if the operation goes ahead is take a dip at the nearest pool. I'd really like to go swim- ming,'' he says. At the moment I have to be careful going outside in case someone bumps me so it would be great to have some freedom back.'' Neil urges people to get behind the trust's efforts. It's not just Jimi who needs this equipment,'' he says. The microscope will help a lot of people who need sur- gery at the National Burn Centre. The staff there are amazing and do a really awe- some job so it will help them care for others in similar situ- ation.'' Youcanhelpusmakea difference P3 Thisisit--ourbig campaign of the year. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust is getting right behind the National Burn Centre and the wonderful job it does. Today we bring you the story of Jimi Harper -- the teenager whose life was forever changed after a terrible accident in 2003. Jimi was a patient at the centre and is supporting our efforts to raise money for a surgical microscope that will help surgeons make life easier for people like him. We'll be running a series of stories over the next four weeks urging you, our readers, to donate to the cause -- more on that later. But for now the floor is Jimi's. Here is his story: Why should you support Operation Heal? Listen to Jimi Harper online at www.nor- westnews.co.nz and the answer is pretty clear. Life for any of us can change in an instant and one day it could be you in need of help. Don't bury your head in the sand. Horrible things sometimes happen to nice people -- good guys just like Jimi.
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