Nor West News : December 2nd 2010
3 NOR-WEST NEWS, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS Experience Integrity Stephen Theobald Ph 027 4934 662 email@example.com Ph 412 7666 Kumeu Loyal Realty Ltd 2792509AA Call 0800 BLINDS 254637 www.homevisionblinds.co.nz Up to RRP OFF 60% BLINDS! BLINDS! BLINDS! Vertical • Venetian • Sunscreen • Wooden • Roller FOR FREE MEASURE & QUOTE Join now for only $15.50 No Contract! What have you got to lose? 156 Main Road Kumeu Phone: 412 8932 www.kumeugym.co.nz per week Healing 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 neigh- bour 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. Warnings as vulnerable hit hard by scammers Kumeu police warn of scammers on the phone or through the inter- net. A Waimauku house- hold received at least five calls from a com- puter company want- ing personal details. They were also sent two professional-look- ing letters from over- seas featuring travel brochures and scratch- ie cards. Internal Affairs re- peats its warning about phone scammers who claim to be from the department but are trying to cheat people out of money. The department has nothing to do with these callers and has reported the calls to the police. The department does not hold bank fees for anyone or call offer- ing money for a fee, Internal Affairs deputy secretary, Craig Armi- tage says. The callers prey on the vulnerable with one of the recent victims being an elderly wom- an being conned of $1000. The callers are quite persistent and in some cases refer to the victim s date of birth and who they bank with. They ve also claimed on occasions to be acting on behalf of Inland Revenue, Mr Armitage says. Mayor in the hot seat Community learning: Auckland Mayor Len Brown visits Helensville to talk to residents as part of his regular Mayor In The Chair series. A rare chance to chat to Auckland Mayor Len Brown face-to-face was a prime opportunity for residents from Helens- ville and surrounding districts. Issues ranged from the state of the area s footpaths, lack of cycle paths and the Parakai hot springs rail link to Helensville tourism, the sewerage system, fund- ing for Te Hana Trust Kaukapakapa, rates and zoning. There were also dis- cussions on mangrove management, funding for small local museums, the Higham paper road and the Helensville Dairy Co-op building. Mr Brown says he will be asking council officers to brief him on several issues raised from his Mayor In The Chair visit. Mr Brown aims to con- tinue the regular event to give people the chance to ask questions or share their thoughts and con- cerns about their com- munity. I want to get a good, first-hand feel for the people and the issues of different communities, in their own words. Beach fear for family Kumeu police would like information about a man who threatened a family group with a machete on November 20 on Muriwai Beach near the Rimmers Rd entrance about 7am. The man demanded help in towing his 4-wheel drive after it became stuck in sand. He is 1.75 metres tall, about 45 and has a dis- tinctive blue left eye. The early model Land Rover is red with black window frames. Contact Mike Collins on 412-5194 or crime stoppers on 0800- 555-111.
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