Mum­gives life for girl


Emma Hughes chose not to have treat­ment for cer­vi­cal can­cer, so her un­born baby would have a life.

In March, the 26-year-old mum died in the Hutt Val­ley’s Te Omanga Hospice, more than a year af­ter giv­ing birth to her youngest child – Chris­tian.

A tat­too along her fore­arm listed the names of her seven pre­cious chil­dren. Chris­tian’s was added a short time be­fore she died.

‘‘That was just her. It was all

It was re­as­sur­ing to know Emma was be­ing well looked af­ter and was safe.

‘‘To be hon­est I do not know how we would have coped with­out the hospice, I would not have a clue.’’

That sen­ti­ment is shared by their mother, Ju­lia Tu­pene.

‘‘I thought they were amaz­ing, the staff for what they did for Emma and how they kept her com­fort­able.’’

The hospice is this week launch­ing a cam­paign, Let’s Nail It To­gether, to raise $10 mil­lion to re­build its earth­quake prone


Te Omanga looks af­ter 600 pa­tients and their fam­i­lies a year

Pa­tients re­ceive an av­er­age of 137 days of treat­ment.

It costs $6.5 mil­lion a year to run the hospice. Te Omanga raises $2m an­nu­ally. Nearly 50 per cent of pa­tients die in their own home.

There are 150 pa­tients re­ceiv­ing care at any one time.

Staff make 7500 out­pa­tient vis­its a year. Lower Hutt build­ing.

Hospice chief ex­ec­u­tive Biddy Har­ford said staff dealt with such tragedies on a reg­u­lar ba­sis.

‘‘The hospice is here for ev­ery­one.’’

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