Wall of a time at Ed­die’s

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Health -

KING Ed­ward Me­mo­rial Hos­pi­tal (KEMH) has cel­e­brated World Pre­ma­tu­rity Day with a Mother’s Hon­our Wall, fea­tur­ing more than 550 WA mothers and ba­bies.

WA Gover­nor Kerry Sanderson, who is pa­tron of the Women and In­fants Re­search Foun­da­tion (WIRF), un­veiled the wall that recog­nises the mothers and ba­bies that have helped shape the hos­pi­tal.

WIRF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor John Newn­ham said the hon­our wall was a unique project, which would sup­port re­search to pre­vent pre-term birth.

“The hon­our wall is a key part of the hos­pi­tal’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tions, recog­nis­ing King Ed­die’s 100 years of de­liv­er­ing health care to the women, ba­bies and fam­i­lies of WA,” he said.

“All women whose ba­bies were born or treated at KEMH have been in­vited to be a last­ing part of the hos­pi­tal’s cen­te­nary cel­e­bra­tion through this project.”

Pro­fes­sor Newn­ham said pro­ceeds from the wall would be used to sup­port re­search to pre­vent pre-term birth, the sin­gle largest cause of death and dis­abil­ity in chil­dren un­der five.

“In WA alone, 2900 ba­bies are born pre­ma­ture each year. Prem­mie ba­bies re­quire a raft of life-sav­ing tech­nol­ogy to sur­vive, then thrive,” he said.

“Af­ter sev­eral decades of tar­geted re­search, we now have the knowl­edge to safely pre­vent pre-term birth for many women and their preg­nan­cies.”

Hon­our wall mother Pamela Jones and her son Alex took part in the cel­e­bra­tions.

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