Asthma plan rec­om­mended

Matamata Chronicle - - News -

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.’’

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