Western Leader : November 5th 2010
7 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 5, 2010 NEWS WINGATES Electrical ALL WHITEWARE HEAVILY DISCOUNTED www.wingates.co.nz 11 Binsted Road, New Lynn Ph: 09 827 5942 Mon-Fri: 9am-5pm Sat/Sun:10am-3pm LG Special Bosch Specials $999 $1399 6.5kg Washer 7.0kg Washer $749 $1099 Half Load 5 Programs Delay Start Sensor Dryer 7kg Dishwasher Ends 11 Nov CRACKER SALE FreeStanding Cooker 60cm: $1499 90cm: $2299 Gas Cook Top, Electric Oven $999 5 Year Warranty! Parmco Specials Stainless Steel Kitchen Package SAVE $300! SAVE $200! $1699 SAVE $300! 581 litre White Side by Side SAVE $300! SAVE $300! Stainless Steel $749 SAVE $150! Samsung Specials 7.5kg SAVE $250! $849 7kg Flame Failure Wheelchair gets push and Renee goes dancing Determined dancer: Renee Ball is recovering from a rare syndrome that temporarily paralysed her. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY By CATHERINE HEALY Glandular fever's no fun for anyone, but few end up in a wheelchair because of it. Renee Ball was study- ing for her bachelor of dance studies at Auck- land University when she contracted glandular fever in March this year. Then my feet went numb and the numbness travelled up my body. Within two days I couldn't breathe on my ownandhadtogoona ventilator,'' she says. The 19-year-old had Guillain-Barre Syn- drome (known as GBS), a rare syndrome that attacks the sheath around the nerves, caus- ing a temporary paral- ysis. At her lowest point, Renee could only move her eyeballs a few millimetres, but was mentally alert the entire time. Nurses would open and close her eyelids for her. I was having awful nightmares, which I couldn't escape from because I couldn't open my eyes,'' she says. I was in extreme pain. It felt like my nerves were electrocuting me.'' Renee's illness was yet another blow to her extended family. Aisling Symes, the toddler who went missing in Hender- son and whose body was discovered in a drain in October last year, was Renee's first cousin. While there is no cure, GBS patients slowly regain their mobility as the nerves repair them- selves. On Tuesday Renee walked eight metres unaided for the first time. And although she's missed half a year of uni- versity, Renee certainly hasn't stopped dancing. I've been working whatever I had. When I just had my chest movement, I'd be doing chest pops. When I could just move my head, I was dancing with my head,'' she says. Renee's first big proj- ect for the new year is to put on a concert, which she hopes will be incor- porated into the univer- sity's summer arts pro- gramme. Renee is aiming to include art of different mediums including dance, film and an exhi- bition of visual art. She wants some of the proceeds to go to charity, and the rest will go into a fund to be awarded to another choreographer who wants to put on a concert. I want it to be a cycle -- I fund them, then they put on a show and fund the next person and so on.'' Contact Renee if you can help on re.ball@hot mail.com. Hillsborough Heights Village, 1381 Dominion Road Extn, Mt Roskill. Village open Mon-Fri, daily 10am-4pm or on weekends by arrangement. Call Kay or Sarah now on 0800 373 379 to view and discuss details . Extn Mt Roskill * Sign up for one of our available two bedroom independent units by 3 Dec 2010, and settle before 31 March 2011, and you will receive a FREE, brand new Suzuki Swift XE Auto 1.5 - colours subject to availability. SUZUKI SWIFT WITH RETIREMENT VILLAGE UNIT * CALL 0800 FREESWIFT +1-HHV-SWIFT-18x7 Zoo's market day and orangutan party Auckland Zoo is cele- brating Madju the oran- gutan's fifth birthday with a market day this Saturday. There will be a party atmosphere with an orangutan encounter at 12.30pm, face-painting, and storytelling with the zoo's senior primate keeper Christine Titin- ger at 10.15am and noon. On November 11 there will be an orienteering race around the zoo from 6pm to 9pm. See www.aucklandzoo.co.nz.
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