Asthma plan recommended
In New Zealand at least one person will die every week from asthma this year.
The Temel family understands this too well – their nine-year-old son Charlie died from asthma. Charlie’s asthma was well managed and they were aware of the signs and symptoms.
Still, their son died – he just stood up, said his chest felt tight and then collapsed.
This is a tragedy. To honour Charlie’s life and his memory, the Temels want to raise awareness of the seriousness of asthma.
Dr Kyle Perrin, medical adviser to the Asthma Foundation said: ‘‘We are asking New Zealanders who have children with asthma to make sure they keep using their medication as prescribed and keep their asthma under control at all times.’’
‘‘Don’t just wait until your child’s asthma is out of control to do something about it. We recommend parents consider getting a child asthma management plan completed with a health professional. The plan is designed to help parents manage their child’s asthma and recognise when it is deteriorating before it becomes an emergency.’’