North Shore Times : March 3rd 2016
Adream job for some P3 Waste not say students P5 North Shore Times Thursday, March 3, 2016 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER What’s selling $955,000 2/175 Bayswater Ave, Bayswater Level access, private threebedroom homewith open plan living. Close to shops, schools, transport options including ferry to CBD. It took an emergency boat trip to hospital for Sara Zwart to realise something was wrong with her daughter, Abigail Marks. PHOTO: EMILY FORD/FAIRFAX NZ Dealing with asthma EMILY FORD Abigail Marks is a typical preschooler who loves running around and jumping off the couch non-stop. The three-year-old is too young to blow up a balloon, but she happily chases it around the room after her mother, Sara Zwart, throws it at her. Most people wouldn’t know she had five overnight stays in hospital with chronic pneumonia when she was only one. Now two years on, the ener- getic Devonport youngster has daily asthma medication, and even if she could blow up a balloon, her little lungs might have trouble. ‘‘You wouldn’t believe it when you see her,’’ Zwart says. ‘‘It’s really difficult when they’re this young to try and work out what’s wrong.’’ One in six New Zealanders have a respiratory condition and it is the third most common cause of death in New Zealand, according to the Asthma and Respiratory Foundation. The foundation has launched a social media campaign called Hard2Breathe to increase awareness about respiratory diseases. It encourages people to share a video of themselves blowing up a balloon, a simple task which can be a struggle for people with a respiratory disease. Zwart’s father had bad asthma ‘‘I’m optimistic someone will crack it and find a cure for it.’’ Sara Zwart as a child, she got in her 20s, and her older daughter, Evie, 5, has a mild case of it. She and her husband, Jeremy Marks, first noticed something was wrong with Abigail when they were on holiday at a boat access only bach in the Marlborough Sounds. ‘‘She had so much energy and we thought, ‘oh no she’s fine’ and then suddenly she wasn’t fine and she went full lethargy. ‘‘We had to get an emergency boat out of there and rush her to Blenheim Hospital. ‘‘It was amazing how naive we were, we had no idea how dangerous it was.’’ Abigail takes Ventolin and Flixotide inhalers each day, including a preventer inhaler every night. She hasn’t had any emergency trips to the hospital since that first year, but with her low immune system, it doesn’t stop Zwart from worrying. ‘‘Both summers have been quite good but I secretly dread winter. ‘‘I’m eternally optimistic some- one will crack it and find a cure for it.’’ $907,000 1/183 Shakespeare Rd,Milford Easy one level living with two bedrooms, one bathroom, additional rumpus, office, garage space, garden and lawn. Sold byBayleysTakapuna SeeReal Estate Outlook inside. $2,670,000 72 Roland Rd,Greenhithe Five bedroom, four bathroom brick and weatherboard home built with contemporary styling, on a 1468 square metre section. Sold byBayleysMairangiBay Small ‘tutorial-style’ classes Focussed, specialist teachers 0utstanding results Mid-year intakes OPEN DAY 12 SATURDAY MARCH 10.30AM TO 2.30PM PHONE 09 307 4477 EMAIL email@example.com VISIT 66 Lorne St, Auckland City acgedu.com/nz/senior Sold!
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