Bays run­ners make life bet­ter for ba­bies

Auckland City Harbour News - - News - By David Tau­ranga

Peo­ple tak­ing part in this year’s HSBC Round the Bays helped raise a whop­ping $40,000 for Kidz First Chil­dren’s Hospi­tal.

About 70,000 peo­ple turned out for the 37th an­nual char­ity fun run, or­gan­ised by Fair­fax Me­dia, own­ers of the Auck­land City Har­bour News and the Sun­day Star-Times.

The do­na­tion was pre­sented to staff at Mid­dle­more Hospi­tal’s in­ten­sive care unit last week and will be used to buy two Fisher & Paykel CosyCot in­fant warm­ers.

Join­ing staff and Fair­fax rep­re­sen­ta­tives for the pre­sen­ta­tion was Man­gere mother Talita Mosaati, who knows the true value of the cots.

Her seven-month-old twin sons AJ and Ge­orge were born with chronic lung dis­ease and have both been pa­tients in the unit.

“AJ’s been on that cot ever since he was born while Ge­orge was in an in­cu­ba­tor so I’ve ex­pe­ri­enced both,” she says.

At a cost of $20,000 each, the beds are a ma­jor part of the unit’s care and will take its to­tal num­ber of cots to five.

De­signed for in­fants weigh­ing be­tween 2kg and 8kg the cots are more tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced than oth­ers on the mar­ket.

In­ten­sive care head Cather­ine Simp­son says the three the unit has have been “ab­so­lute god­sends” this win­ter.

“We’re in the high de­mand chil­dren’s sea­son which started ear­lier than we had ex­pected,” Dr Simp­son says.

“Over the last cou­ple of weeks we’ve had three in con­stant use so we think th­ese cots will be in full use un­til pos­si­bly Novem­ber.

“If you haven’t got the proper equip­ment you can’t take care of chil­dren safely and we just ab­so­lutely love th­ese cots.”

Ac­cept­ing the do­na­tion on be­half of the unit was in­ten­sive care spe­cial­ist Carl Hors­ley who thanked HSBC and Fair­fax Me­dia for the con­tri­bu­tion.

Dr Hors­ley says the unit has re­ally ap­pre­ci­ated the level of sup­port they’ve re­ceived from both or­gan­i­sa­tions over the years.

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