Ap­peal to help woman who loves life

Kapi-Mana News - - FRONT PAGE - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

A much-loved Porirua woman has the com­mu­nity ral­ly­ing for her as she un­der­goes se­ri­ous surgery to­day.

Mary Humphreys, from As­cot Park, will un­dergo 12 hours of surgery to close a wound in her bowel which has kept her in hospi­tal since De­cem­ber.

She is no stranger to ill-health, with a ge­netic blood clot­ting con­di­tion al­ready caus­ing the loss of one leg 17 years ago and stints in hospi­tal through­out her life.

A wide net­work of Mary’s friends has been fundrais­ing to fly her two daugh­ters Kelly and Melissa from Australia for the surgery and re­lated ex­penses. The ‘‘ Amaz­ing Mary fundrais­ing group’’ has held a quiz night, pam­per­ing event. Next is a bake sale at Whitby mall this Satur­day (9am to 1pm).

‘‘The sup­port we have had has just been in­cred­i­ble,’’ Mary told Kapi-mana News from her Welling­ton Hospi­tal bed last week.

‘There hasn’t been a day gone by that I haven’t had vis­i­tors. I’m into my fifth month and I’m still get­ting flow­ers and cards.’’

Kelly re­turned home last week while Melissa was ex­pected to ar­rive yes­ter­day.

Mary, 52, is mod­est about her pop­u­lar­ity in the com­mu­nity. ‘‘I’m no dif­fer­ent to any­one else.’’

She is loved by hun­dreds of chil­dren and their fam­i­lies as the leader of North Porirua Bap­tist Church’s Mainly Mu­sic group. De­spite grow­ing the group four-fold in four years, Mary never thought she could lead songs and dances.

‘‘I thought, I’ve got one leg and two hear­ing aids, no one will ever want me.’’

In De­cem­ber she was rushed to hospi­tal with clot­ting in her bowel, but surgery re­sulted in an open wound that won’t heal be­cause she must take blood thin­ners.

De­spite be­ing scared of her risky surgery, get­ting back in the box­ing ring and back on her bike, is a mo­ti­va­tion for the usu­ally ath­letic woman.

‘‘There’s a de­ter­mi­na­tion in­side me that says ‘you can do this’.’’

Mary is de­scribed by her hus­band of six years Dave as creative, caring, a fan­tas­tic cook and cake dec­o­ra­tor and a vi­va­cious lover of life.

The fam­ily is re­ly­ing on pray­ers and a crack team of spe­cial­ists to see her through.

Amaz­ing Mary’s fundrais­ing ac­count: ASB 12-3142-0310075-00.

Fam­ily bond: Mary Humphreys has had a 200-strong fan club fundrais­ing to fly her Australia-based daugh­ters to Welling­ton for her surgery to­day. Pic­tured are Mary with hus­band Dave and daugh­ter Kelly Mack­ley.

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