North Shore Times : November 11th 2010
www.northshoretimes.co.nz Thursday, November 11, 2010 CALL US ON 444 3415 LINK DR WAIRAU PARK, GLENFIELD Next to Placemakers OFFER ENDS 15th AUGUST 2010 - WHILE STOCKS LAST HOT PRICE was $119.99 NOW $49.99 CHLORINE 10KG FOAM CHIP PILLOW 3222803AA SINGLE MATTRESS 1900 x 900 x 115mm was $199.99 NOW $149.99 was $119.99 NOW $69.99ea was $12.99 NOW $7.9 9ea MEMORY OVERLAY King/Queen By CARALISE MOORE Burns survivor: Eric Molving is urging people to get behind Operation Heal. Miracle that Eric survived Horror crash: B grade saloon car driver Eric Molving crashed at Whangarei Speedway on February 2, 2008. Fuel soaked the car and within seconds caught alight. Eric was in the car for 26 seconds before the fire was under control. ERIC Molving owes his life to the National Burn Centre. Eric was racing his turbo- charged speedway saloon down Whangarei Speedway's dirt track in February 2008 when he got tapped by another racer and veered into a bank. The speedway enthusiast survived a horrific crash and severe burns to his entire body and is dubbed a walking miracle by doctors. I was going for the over- take of the second-place driver when he nudged me and sent me into the wall,'' Eric says. My car somersaul- ted and landed on its side.'' The petrol cap came off and fuel poured all over the vehicle -- and Eric. I blacked out when the car hit the wall but came to when the car stopped. I was sitting there thinking this isn't good'.'' The hot exhaust ignited the fuel. I was a human wick, soaked in petrol,'' Eric says. It took 26 seconds to get the fire under control. During that time Eric received burns to most of his body. They were surprised I was still alive,'' he says. I staggered out of the car and they began to pour water on me. I remember thinking how good the water felt on my hot body but I didn't feel pain.'' Eric was airlifted to Middlemore Hospital and immediately treated. I was in an induced coma for 40 days and on life sup- port for three months. I had tubes coming out from every- where, water on my lungs, a urinary infection and was given strong antibiotics. I lost hearing in one ear and sight in part of one eye. They had to amputate six of my fingers. But I survived.'' Eric was sent home five months later after more than 45 operations. My elbow was locked up for 18 months so they gave me a brace to help support it, but I needed to bend the brace to release pressure from my arm. I developed a pulley system so I could adjust it myself.'' Doctors were impressed with the idea and adapted their entire arm brace stock as a result. The hospital staff were absolutely fantastic,'' Eric says. It wasn't just the top facilities that were great or the extremely skilful doctors and competent nurses -- the thing that has stuck with me the most is that from the top down the people really cared for me. They wanted me to recover and were genuinely caring. That changed me.'' Eric was a property valuer but now wants to sail around the Pacific and head back to work. The hardest part has been the emotional trauma,'' he says. Physical pain you just handle. But this is not ter- rible, this is just a set back. I'm alive and can live a pretty full life. I want to go to the grave with memories -- not regrets, and this is one of those memories.'' Help us make a difference P3 OPERATION The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust 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 Eric Molving -- the family man whose life was forever changed by a terrible accident in 2008. Eric was a patient at the unit 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 encouraging you, our readers, to donate to the cause -- more on that later. But for now the floor belongs to Eric. Here is his story: Why should you support Operation Heal? Listen to Eric Molving speaking about the National Burn Centre online at www.northshoretimes. co.nz and the answer is pretty clear.
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