Baby mon­i­tors needed

The Invercargill Eye - - FRONT PAGE - JENNY CAMP­BELL

Do you have a baby mon­i­tor sit­ting in a cup­board that you no longer use?

Epilepsy As­so­ci­a­tion of New Zealand South­land branch ed­u­ca­tor Dar­lene How­ell is keen to make con­tact with any­one who can do­nate one. They can be used to alert fam­ily mem­bers and car­ers of epilepsy suf­fer­ers that some­one is hav­ing a seizure when they are sleep­ing.

‘‘The mon­i­tor takes away some of the par­ents’ fears and anx­i­ety, mean­ing they can get a sounder sleep.

Last month Epilepsy South­land re­ceived fund­ing from the Com­bined Ser­vice Clubs Med­i­cal Trust in South­land for three epilepsy em­fit tonic-clonic seizure mon­i­tors, which pick up any un­usual con­tin­ued shak­ing move­ment hap­pen­ing in a bed.

The alarm alerts a par­ent or carer when the per­son is hav­ing a seizure.

‘‘Un­for­tu­nately the alarms on the seizure mon­i­tors are not very loud so if a per­son is in a bed­room away from the liv­ing area or up­stairs, es­pe­cially through the day, the alarm some­times can­not be heard.

‘‘Hav­ing a baby mon­i­tor next to the epilepsy seizure mon­i­tor trans­mits the sound from the alarm to a per­son in an­other room.’’

If you can help, con­tact Dar­lene at South­land Com­mu­nity House on 0800 374 537 or email south­land@epilepsy.org.nz

JENNY CAMP­BELL

Dar­lene How­ell holds a do­nated baby mon­i­tor and an epilepsy seizure mon­i­tor.

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