Western Leader : November 12th 2010
5 WESTERN LEADER, NOVEMBER 12, 2010 NEWS Unit H/251 Lincoln Rd, Henderson (Beside Bunnings Warehouse) For all enquiries phone 09 838 2030 and 0274 742 743 Cash, eftpos & all major credit cards welcome BAMIAN RUG HOUSE OPEN 9am-6.00pm • SALE FINISHES MONDAY 15TH NOVEMBER MEGA RUG SALE INDIA PAKISTAN TURKEY EGYPT BELGIUM AFGANISTAN IRAN CHINA Huge selection of hallway runners AFGHAN HAND KNOTTED Size 250x350cm TOP QUALITY TURKISH COLLECTION Size 200x300cm TOP QUALITY AFGHAN HAND KNOTTED PURE WOOL Size 200x300cm MADE IN TURKEY Size 200x300cm RRP $3598 NOW $999 80% OFF 70% OFF MADE IN IRAN Size 200x300cm MADE IN TURKEY Size 190x280cm All Sizes Available Limited Stock ADE IN INDIA HANDMADE WOOL Size 160x230cm WAS $1598 NOW $749 WAS $297 NOW $149 WAS $7998 NOW $1599 WAS $4998 NOW $2499 WAS $5998 NOW $2999 NOW FROM $9-$199 EACH were $27-$198 NOW $10-$99 p/m AFGHANI HAND-KNOTTED CHOB RANG Size 245x370cm WAS $698 NOW $349 WAS $399 NOW $179 WAS $798 NOW $239 M MA ADE DE DE D I IN N N NTU TU T TUR RK RK K R E EY EY EY Y Y M MA MA MA M MA M M M M M M M M M M M MA M MA MA A HA HA HA H ND ND ND ND D ND D NM M M M M M NZ'S LARGEST IMPORTER OF QUALITY RUGS FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD PERSIAN HAND KNOTTED BIJAR Size 200x300cm UP TO 80% OFF OVER 8000 RUGS ON SALE NOW LAST 3 DAYS 3220019AI IN BRIEF Hospital busy September was a busy month for Waitemata health providers, with a 10.3 percent increase in patients over September last year. Emergency admissions are up 27 percent at Waitakere Hospital this year because of the hospital's extended hours. The emergency centre is open 24 hours for children and for adults until 10pm. It is expected to provide full 24-hour emergency care in the new year. Dental clinic The Edmonton Primary School Community Dental Clinic has opened and the next six-chair facility will open at Henderson Intermediate School on February 17. Careers bus The Inzone Careers bus has been visiting schools, helping young people with career ideas. Waitemata District Health Board has been using the service to tell students about careers in health. Schools can book the careers bus. Visit www.inzone.co.nz for more information. Study grants Thinking of studying something health-related next year? Get in quick for the Waitemata District Health Board scholarship programme. Applications are open for the 2011 academic year and must be submitted by 5pm, November 17. Go to www.waitemata dhb.govt.nz for details. Extra care for the 'butterfly kids' By CATHERINE HEALY Butterfly children: Nurse Jacqui Finnigan, left, with Bernadette Mark and her children Victoria and Alexander Knight, who suffer from epidermolysis bullosa which means the skin can be damaged by the gentlest friction. Photo: CATHERINE HEALY Bernadette Mark and her three children have skin as fragile as butterfly wings. They are among the 30 people in their extended fam- ily who have the genetic dis- order epidermolysis bullosa. Some EB sufferers get blisters on their eyeballs and internal organs. Their skin infections can lead to more severe systemic infections -- all three of Bernadette's chil- dren have had MRSA. The term butterfly chil- dren'' was coined to describe EB children, because in severe cases their skin is as fragile as butterfly wings. But the condition doesn't stop Ashley, 7, Victoria, 4, and Alexander, 1, from running around and playing games. It's when they have infections that life becomes really tough. The scary thing is, we get so many skin infections and so we're often on antibiotics. Whatwouldwedoifwegota really nasty bug? We have to use stronger and stronger antibiotics,'' the West Har- bour resident says. We're pretty mild, so we can't complain too much. Alexander seems to be the worst of the three. We've given up on shoes for him. The seams in socks will give him blisters,'' Bernadette says. When they had MRSA we had to bath each one separ- ately and then line them up to dress their wounds.'' Jacqui Finnigan is one of two part-time specialist EB nurses in New Zealand and helps families all over the North Island. She says there are 120 people affected nationwide. Last month the govern- ment announced that it will fund three specialist EB nurses. Previously the nurses were funded by DEBRA, the support organisation for fam- ilies with EB. In the past the ministry only funded the dressings. It means we can expand the ser- vice. How that will be implemented is yet to be decided, but in the meantime itmeanswecandoafew more hours,'' Jacqui says. A key part of Jacqui's work is educating other medical practitioners. With something this rare, you can't expect GPs to know about it. Even hospital staff don't. Next year we want to go around all the major neo- natal units so that when a baby is born with EB, staff know how to handle them.'' In the most severe cases, a baby could end up with handprints on its skin from being picked up. EB babies can lose skin while being born. Bernadette was born with sheets of skin missing from her shins.
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