North Shore Times : December 2nd 2010
7 NORTH SHORE TIMES, DECEMBER 2, 2010 NEWS 3276272AA NORTH HARBOUR ROSE SOCIETY ADULTS $3 CHILDREN (UNDER 15) FREE INFO TABLE ADVICE ROSE PLANTS & BLOOMS FOR SALE GARDEN PRODUCTS CRAFT SALES RAFFLES REFRESHMENTS PARKING WHEEL CHAIR ACCESS SATURDAY 4TH DEC 2010 11.30AM -- 4.00PM SUNDAY 5TH DEC 2010 9.30AM -- 3.30PM VENUE NORTHCOTE CITIZENS CENTRE, ERNIE MAYS STREET, NORTHCOTE ROSE SHOW Crew training a real life rescue Trainings are usually predictable in getting fitter and stronger for the surf sports season. But for the Muriwai senior women's boat crew, members didn't expect to be involved in a daring boat rescue at Takapuna Beach. During their train- ing at the beach, Jes- sica Parkin, Caroline Perrot, Rashida Hud- son and June Hard- acre helped tow in a stranded vessel. Dan McCormack, the crew's sweep who co-ordinated the res- cue, says the Novem- ber 22 incident happened after people saw a boatie in dis- tress about 1000 metres off shore of the Takapuna boat ramp. The boatie was in a small dinghy and seemed unable to start his engine. Strong off- shore winds were causing the boat to drift out to sea very quickly.'' Rowing out into the Rangitoto channel, they initially couldn't spot the small craft because it had floated out further. They found the relieved boatie about 2000 metres off the coast as light was fading. After a rest and stretch, the crew con- tinued their training. Dan was disap- pointed at the boatie's lack of preparation. The motor had seized and the man had no spare motor and no marine radio or lights. He was very lucky he was spotted by members of the public and that we were nearby and able to assist,'' Dan says. I was impressed with the calm and positive attitude of the Muriwai ladies and the endurance and strength they showed to tow the small boat and its occupant over 2000 metres into strong head winds.'' Hands-on healing for burns victims By MELISSA KINEALY 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 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. 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 dis- charged 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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