Whangarei Leader : August 5th 2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014 YOUR PLACE, YOUR PAPER INSIDE On the mend Crash victim recovers – P7 Shutter shot New view of city’s architecture – P18 Brave kid: Ten-year-old Katie Reed suffers from a serious lung condition. She says hospitals can be scary at times but she’d like to use her experiences to become a top-notch doctor – failing that she’ll settle for a career as a guitarist and singer. Photo: ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE Katie’s brave battle By ALEXANDRA NEWLOVE GUTSY young Katie Reed has been admitted to hospital 18 times in two years, often relying on respiratory support for up to a fortnight during each stay. But the 10-year-old says she’s feeling positive about the future and wants to use her illness to raise awareness and money for other sick children. Kate has bronchiectasis, a disease reflected by a permanent enlargement of parts of the airways in the lung. Her lungs can’t beat bac- teria that wouldn’t cause problems for most people and she is very susceptible to infections, mum Lisa Reed says. Katie was diagnosed after seven bouts of pneumonia in 15 months. ‘‘When I first got sick it was quite hard because Mum had my two brothers to look after too,’’ Katie says. ‘‘We decided to get me a phone so I’d be able to stay at night by myself. I get a little lonely and a little scared, but it’s OK. I’m feeling positive.’’ Lisa Reed says the illness is the same one young Northland woman Esther-Jordan Muriwai suffered from before she died earlier this year. Katie and Muriwai formed Countdown stores are working to raise money for Whangarei Hospital’s children’s ward where Katie and Lisa say they spend ‘‘half their lives’’. The appeal runs until the end of October and is part of a nationwide exercise helping hospitals buy muchneeded equipment with almost $7 million raised since it began in 2007. Donate at the checkout, or buy a raffle ticket or wristband instore. a close friendship, leading to the formation of the Northland Bronchiectasis Support Group, managed by Lisa. Katie has agreed to be the face of this year’s Countdown Kids Hospital Appeal in the hope it might get more publicity for her illness and to honour her late friend. ‘‘We’re trying to get a [bronchiectasis] foundation off the ground,’’ Lisa says. ‘‘When we’ve talked to nurses they’ve said there’s more and more kids coming onto the ward who have been diagnosed.’’ HOSPITAL APPEAL Katie has so far done a photo shoot, talked to journalists and helped produce a radio advertisement. She’s also the guest of honour at the appeal’s launch at Whangarei Hospital this week. ‘‘It was a little scary but I thought it would help the support group so I decided to say yes, hopefully lots of money can be raised.’’ Surprisingly she’s not put off hospitals – she hopes to one day be a doctor and can already explain how to administer an IV line. ‘‘I feel like I have a head start, because I already know a lot about hospitals,’’ she says. E-EDITION At the Kerikeri Dental Centre we are now able to offer early orthodontic treatment for your child from the age of 7. We recommend early assessment and treatment. We offer a range of orthodontic techniques to produce a great smile, healthy airway and correct jaw function. www.kerikeridentalcentre.co.nz BOOK A CONSULTATION TODAY Phone 09 407 8338 Reconnecting Working together to restore ecology – P20 Bear is back Go to whangareileader. co.nz to see a video of Noel and Bear being reunited (story P5). Click Latest Edition.
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