Rodney Times : November 18th 2010
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Photo: JUSTIN LATIF By JUSTIN LATIF Top burns specialist Richard Wong She will miss part of his daughter s 13th birthday on December 3. But that s a sacrifice he is willing to make for his patients. Dr Wong She is asking you to con- sider paying a much smaller price to help the National Burn Centre at Middlemore Hospital get the equipment it desper- ately needs. He will be among those attending a Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust fundraising dinner on his daughter s big day. The evening is being held as part of the trust s Operation Heal -- a proj- ect aimed at raising $200,000 for a state-of- the-art operating micro- scope. Dr Wong She says the microscope will make sure about 100 people a year receive the oper- ations they need. It will help burn victims, breast cancer patients and those needing serious limb injuries repaired. What we re using now is almost a decade old. The new microscope allows us to take a block of tissue, transpose it and plumb it into the arteries and veins of a new part of the body. We have seven surgeons who specialise in this type of procedure but only one and a half older microscopes. It s like having a team of courier drivers but only one old van. One patient eager for the arrival of the new microscope is 15-year-old Jimi Harper. The wall of his stomach was blown out by a stray 11,000 volt powerline and he s been waiting since 2003 for an operation to properly repair it. The operation is not possible without this microscope, Dr Wong She says. So we will be able to finally fulfil that promise to Jimi and his family that we made seven years ago. Dr Wong She also had to skip his nine-year-old daughter s birthday this year because he was training junior doctors. He says missing important family milestones is necessary when lives are at stake. It s hard having to explain to my daughters why I missed their recitals, birthdays, and prizegivings. But I m willing to make these sacrifices because I know I can make a big differ- ence. He says all the staff at the National Burn Cen- tre are now gearing up for their busiest time of the year. We see a definite peak about November, December and January. Holiday plus sun plus alcohol equals badness. So while the rest of the country is enjoying themselves -- we re deal- ing with the carnage. That s why we re asking the public to please help us to deliver the 21st century health- care that it needs. The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust will hold a corporate charity dinner at Auckland s Tel- straClear Pacific Events Centre on December 3. Guest speaker Prime Minister John Key will be interviewed on stage by broadcaster Paul Holmes during a night of glitz and glamour to raise funds for the National Burn Centre. Tickets cost $1850 + GSTforatableof10or $185 + GST per person. Call Shandall on (09) 531-5910 for information or email her at shand email@example.com for information. Go online to www.rodneytimes. co.nz to see Dr Richard Wong She explain why New Zealand's National Burn Centre needs your support. Emergency plans Three new initiatives to better prepare Auckland for civil emergencies have been announced by Auckland mayor Len Brown. They include devel- opment of neighbour- hood and community emergency prepared- ness plans, a plan to give social media a key role in emergency pre- paredness, and a major regional civil defence exercise early next year. Auckland does not have neighbourhood or community civil de- fence plans. Mr Brown sees this as a serious weakness and wants all com- munities to have their own plans. It will obviously take some time to implement this across Auckland, but to begin with, eight communities will have their own plans within 100 days of the birth of the Auckland Coun- cil, he says. Social media channels such as Facebook and Twitter and e-learning are a great way to raise awareness and pre- paredness for emerg- encies, he says. Hun- dreds or thousands of Aucklanders use these tools every day and we cannot ignore social media as we reach out to our people to better prepare them for emergencies.
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