Kapi-Mana News : January 17th 2012
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Staff play huge part in youngster's recovery Mother of four Kelly Binning-Rangi said daughter Kayla was 13 when first diagnosed with scoliosis, curva- ture of the spine, in 2008. I d never heard of the disease, and you can t imagine how bad it is until you re confronted by an x-ray of your child s spine shaped like an S, said Mrs Binning-Rangi. Already affecting Kayla s ability to walk properly, the curvature got pro- gressively worse over the next two years, and without an operation, Kayla s spine would be bent to a 90 degree angle by the time she was 50. We were given eight days notice that surgery would be performed, said Mrs Binning-Rangi. My 10-month-old-baby refused to be fed with a bottle, and I was suffering from pleurisy at the time, but when the surgeon sets a date, you move everything to make it. She said a room was organised for the family at the old Ronald McDon- ald House giving them 24-hour access to the hospital across the road, where they spent around 17 hours a day, over eight days. Kayla s six-hour operation involved collapsing the lungs and moving other organs aside to access the spine. Titanium rods, hooks, wires and screws were attached to the backbone and small pieces of bone taken from a rib, put over the spine to fuse with it into the proper position. During that time you focus on nothing but your child, she said, but it was the things you don t consider at the time, that you really appreciate afterwards . The staff at the house knew our names and what our child was about to endure. They greeted us everyday with concern and compassion and understood when we felt fragile and needed our space. We were also so fortunate to have a check in date, and a check out date. So many other families don t have the luxury of knowing when they will leave. The new house currently under construction in Wellington will accommodate 34 families a night. Fundraising has raised about $14 million of its $15.3m target since the project started six years ago. Mrs Binning-Rangi helped organise the Horowhenua Gala Dinner fundraiser last month, which raised more than $50,000 for the house and said it was a huge honour to be able to give something back. Kayla has spent the past 12 months recovering, including three months on strong pain relief and more than four months off school. She is now back at ballet classes. She said it was comforting having her parents so close to the hospital. I didn t feel scared knowing they were there the whole time, but I don t think I would ve got through it all without the sup- port of the staff at Ronald McDonald House. I just can t thank the staff enough. Watch your water consumption Greater Wellington Regional Council is urging Porirua residents to remain careful with their water use after a dry December -- in spite of the heavy rain at the end of December. Although the level of rainfall at National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research s Kelburn monitoring station was well above average last month, Greater Wellington s Hutt water collection area rain gauge at Kaitoke recorded just 70 per cent of the usual level for December -- the fifth month in a row of below average rainfall in the water supply catchment area. We still have one storage lake empty for upgrading and less rain than usual for this time of year in the headwaters of the Hutt River so we need to remain focused on making water savings where we can, says councillor Sandra Greig. January and February are typically the hottest, most settled, months of the year. She said people using more water for gardening contributed to supply surges. If people make simple changes to their water use, it will help to reduce the chance of harsh watering restrictions and take pressure off the Hutt River, she says. People should also be vigil- ant for water leaks. Visit gw.govt.nz/water for summer water-saving tips.
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