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
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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.’’