FROM THE NEWS DESK
It is difficult to think of a more frightening disease in modern New Zealand than meningococcal disease, which has affected two Mt Aspiring College students in the last two weeks.
Everybody knows a story of someone who has been infected with sometimes tragic outcomes. Therefore, it was with great relief that we learned that year 12 girl Christy Facer is making ‘‘slow but steady’’ progress and that year 13 student Bella Berry is expected to make a full recovery.
Credit must be given to school principal Wayne Bosley for his measured response. Working with health authorities he oversaw the distribution of full and appropriate information to the community. An oral antibiotic has been distributed to about 300 teenagers and, in one of the hardest decisions, he has cancelled a student trip to Spain.
But throughout this our thoughts have been with Christy, Bella and their families. We wish you a speedy recovery and look forward to seeing you home soon.