Kapi-Mana News : January 31st 2012
5 KAPI-MANA NEWS, JANUARY 31, 2012 NEWS $5 Week runs until Sunday, 5 February 2012. We reserve the right to limit quantities. Trade strictly not supplied. Parumoana Street, Porirua. Phone: 04 238 0601. Open 6am - 11pm, 7 days. Check out our promotions on facebook NOW! www.facebook.com/PNSPorirua Boy recovers like a miracle Flying high: Ascot Park boy Jazziah Felagai, 7, enjoys life after a miracle recovery. He was rushed by Life Flight plane to Starship hospital just after Christmas, and is now on a strict diet to help his breathing, says mum Tee Felagai. By ANDREA O'NEIL Unconscious for 11 days Strict diet and exercise is more than just a new year's resolution for one Ascot Park fam- ily -- it's a matter of life or death, after their miracle boy'' recovered from a mystery ill- ness. The Felagai family spent two and a half weeks in Auckland's Starship children's hos- pital after son Jazziah, 7, had trouble breath- ing while at Otaihanga beach on January 27. Jazzy usually loves the water but on that day he didn't want to go in the water,'' mum Tee Felagai says. He's a water baby. I thought oh no, something's wrong with him'.'' Jazziah was born with Prader-Willi syn- drome, a rare genetic disorder which slows intellectual development, and also gives sufferers an unstoppable hunger. Jazziah's large size has meant he has slept with a respirator since mid-2011, but he had never needed hospital care for breathing difficulties before. As Jazziah's breathing got worse the fam- ily rushed him to Kenepuru hospital, and he was transferred to Wellington Hospital that night, then rushed by Life Flight Plane to Starship the next morning. He was diagnosed with pneumonia and an enlarged heart, but doctors could not find a cause for the sudden illness, Ms Felagai says. The family was beside themselves. Going to Starship, that's serious,'' Ms Felagai says. I was freaking out.'' Jazziah might love his Life Flight stuffed toy plane now, but he was unconscious for the real flight due to heavy medication. He remained unconscious for 11 days, dur- ing which time specialist doctors rushed off their summer holidays to treat the sick boy. They thought he wasn't going to make it,'' dad Solo Luapo says. Jazziah would fre- quently stop breathing for 20 seconds at a time. Porirua's close community pulled together for Jazziah, who his mum describes as having a magnetic personality -- He attracts people.'' Jazziah's principal from Holy Family School, Karl Vasau, rang from his holiday in Australia to wish him well. Mr Vasau's niece, who used to be Jazziah's caregiver, travelled from Rotorua to be by his side. Ms Felagai had been posting photos of her son's ordeal on Facebook, and says the messages of support she received from friends and family pulled her through. Everybody prayed for him on Facebook.'' Jazziah finally opened his eyes on January 7. The next day he was bouncing around out of bed, and was able to return home on Janu- ary 13. They called him a miracle boy for waking up like that,'' Ms Felagai says. It's not back to life as usual for the Felagais, however -- the family is under strict doctors' orders to help Jazziah lose weight, even to the point of locking the kitchen door so he can't snack. He had already lost a lot of weight in Starship -- he was 73 kilograms when he flew to Auckland, and came back 62kg. It's brown toast now, not white toast,'' Ms Felagai says. Bottle battlers By KRIS DANDO More than 30 objections were received to the proposed Mungavin Liquor Cen- tre by Porirua City Council, the dis- trict licensing authority. Babu Patel and Anita Patel have an application to operate a liquor outlet at 18 Mungavin Ave. It is the vacant store between the St Vincent de Paul store and Dr Larry Jordan's surgery. Liquor would be sold from 9am till 11pm Sunday to Wednesday and 9am till midnight Thursday to Saturday. The council received 32 objections before the closing date of January 20. A series of public meetings were held in December and January in Ranui, attended by residents, com- munity leaders and members of Regional Public Health, the latter advising people how to make an objec- tion. The council has now passed the 32 objections on to the Liquor Licensing Authority, which will schedule a hear- ing at Porirua District Court in the coming months. Those who have objected will re- group at the Ranui Twilight Festival on February 25 to prepare for the hearing. According to one Ranui resident and nearby shop employees, the premises at 18 Mungavin Ave have been cleaned up and some stock already moved in.
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