Oh baby, it’s a shin­ing light

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS - LUCY SMITH

THE Townsville Hos­pi­tal’s neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit ( NICU) has been able to pur­chase a cut­ting edge piece of equip­ment thanks to a gen­er­ous com­mu­nity do­na­tion.

Di­rec­tor of Neona­tol­ogy Pro­fes­sor Guan Koh said the unit’s new $ 2000 As­to­dia Di­aphanoscope, or tran­sil­lu­mi­na­tor, was the “Fer­rari” of its kind. The tran­sil­lu­mi­na­tor is used to show blood ves­sels on pre­ma­ture ba­bies.

“This is the best one we have had. We had one that was very cum­ber­some – this is good be­cause it’s very portable,” Pro­fes­sor Koh said.

The Townsville NICU treats 850 ba­bies a year, from ev­ery­where north of Rock­hamp­ton. Pro­fes­sor Koh said with about 200 pre­ma­ture ba­bies ad­mit­ted a year, the equip­ment would be used daily.

He thanked the Townsville Cen­tral Ro­tary Club for the do­na­tion.

“I’m very heart­ened by this ges­ture. It’s a beau­ti­ful sit­u­a­tion where the com­mu­nity is help­ing us to help the com­mu­nity, es­pe­cially the most vul­ner­a­ble mem­bers of our com­mu­nity,” he said.

The Townsville NICU was voted the best in Aus­tralia this year by the L’il Aussie Prems Foun­da­tion.

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