Western Leader : November 18th 2010
www.westernleader.co.nz Thursday, November 18, 2010 Abigail fronts appeal Little battler: Abigail Josey and her dad Steve. She is the face of Operation Heal. OPERATION Text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3.00 The Mad Butcher and Suburban Newspapers Community Trust ABIGAIL Josey was just three when she received third degree burns to her back. Today she is a happy 13-year-old living a relatively normal life. Proud mum Tracey says Abigail doesn t let her past get her down -- despite the scarring caused by a pot of boiling potatoes. She s only really conscious of it when she swims, the mother of seven says. There was an occasion when she was called names by some children who d heard about what had happened but hadn t even seen her back. Abigail just makes sure she wears a t-shirt over the top of her togs -- she doesn t want to draw attention to it. The Joseys were living in Whangarei when Abigail was injured. They had given notice to their landlord and were preparing for a shift to Tau- ranga where father Steve had signed up for a training course. Their world was turned upside down in a mat- ter of moments. My husband still had to go down and find us a house, Tracey says. Meanwhile I was in hos- pital with Abigail and our other children were being looked after by my parents. There is no easy way to get around that sort of thing. But you just have to keep going even though it feels like things have all come to a grinding halt. Abigail was transferred to the National Burn Centre in Auckland after a week and spent a month in the care of its staff. She wore pressure garments to aid her recovery for nearly a year. It all seems a long time ago now. But Tracey will never forget how traumatic and painful the exercise was for everyone and urges all West- ern Leader readers to get behind Operation Heal and its efforts to raise money for the centre. The fundraiser is being run by the Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust. Donations will go towards a high-tech micro- scope used by surgeons to help get people like Abigail on the mend. I ve always said that something like this could happen to anybody, Tracey says. Raising money for this equipment is achievable if everybody gives just a little bit. Then it will be there for the benefit of our whole com- munity. That s important because nobody knows if or when they might need it. Donations to Operation Heal can be made at the Western Leader office, No 2 Waipareira Ave, Henderson, or posted direct to: Operation Heal, Mad Butcher and Sub- urban Newspapers Com- munity Trust, Private Bag 92815, Penrose, Auckland 1642. Or text HEAL to 4740 to donate $3. Top burn surgeon puts patients first P3.
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