Birth­day brings sur­prises

South Waikato News - - FRONT PAGE -

When Claire Chap­man fell out of her bed early in the morn­ing and ended up in Waikato Hospi­tal’s emer­gency de­part­ment it felt like the worst birth­day present ever.

Turn­ing 78 in the back of an am­bu­lance then ly­ing in an emer­gency de­part­ment bed was not how the former Welling­ton Hospi­tal nurse thought the day would end up.

Nei­ther did she think she would be pre­sented with a Waikato Hospi­tal his­tory book and a cal­en­dar for be­ing the 100,000th per­son through Waikato District Health Board’s five emer­gency de­part­ments this cal­en­dar year.

Mrs Chap­man moved to Hamil­ton in Oc­to­ber af­ter 50 years in Toko­roa with her late hus­band, who was the town’s As­sem­bly of God min­is­ter.

‘‘This is my first fall and I don’t want to do this ever again,’’ she said as she ac­cepted the gifts from as­so­ciate charge nurse man­ager Anne Kop­pens.

She feels a bit bruised and bat­tered with sore mus­cles and in­sists the fall is a re­minder to take things easy.

She is in no hurry to re­turn to Waikato Hospi­tal’s emer­gency de­part­ment but was full of praise for the treat­ment she re­ceived.

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