East and Bays Courier : June 8th 2012
www.eastandbayscourier.co.nz 6 EAST & BAYS COURIER, JUNE 8, 2012 NEWS If you were in the care of the State before 1992 and have concerns about your experiences .... You now have the chance to be heard, in confidence, by a panel of qualified people who will be visiting your area. Talking with the Panel will provide an opportun for you to share your concerns. The Panel will listen and where needed a tailored package of assistance can be offered. State care includes children's homes, foster care the special education sector, health camps and other residential health facilities. For more information call our freephone: 0800 356 567 visit www.listening.govt.nz or write to us at PO Box 5939 Lambton Quay, Wellington 6145. e, Some memories never fade. CONFIDENTIAL LISTENING & ASSISTANCE SERVICE An independent agency supported by the Department of Internal Affairs AFF10336 nity DON'T MISS OUT REGISTER NOW Donor blood pumps through veins Red blooded: The red liquid represents the blood Simon Alex received after the homekill shooting accident near Helensville in March. Simon, centre, is flanked by rescuers, from left: Michelle Kearney, James Le Fevre, Rob Arrowsmith, Dean Harvey and Marcel Driessen. It's World Blood Donor Day on June 14. About 43,900 people give blood in Auckland, but more are needed. Kerry Gallagher talks to a teen who owes his life to his rescue team and the equivalent of 51 donors. SAVING LIVES About 142,000 units of blood are collected annually in New Zealand. One donation can be separated into several components (red blood cells, platelets and plasma) each of which is used to treat different types of patients, for example, accident and burns victims, patients undergoing surgery, adults and children suffering leukaemia, and transplant patients. About 1 per cent of the population or 42,000 patients are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year. The biggest use of blood products is for the treatment of cancer at 20 per cent with surgery the next biggest at 17 per cent. Blood required for mothers and babies makes up 6 per cent. The entire blood donation process usually takes 45 to 60 minutes. Phone 0800 GIVE BLOOD -- 0800 448 325, or visit nzblood.co.nz for more information. ' I walked backwards and I kind of fell. I yelled to the boss I ve been shot ! ' Simon Alex A team effort and a whole heap of blood saved Simon Alex s life after he was shot during a homekill near Helensville that went hor- ribly wrong. There are no signs of the 18-year-old s near-death experience as he chats with rescuers until the slaughter- man s assistant lifts his shirt to reveal a bullet wound and surgery scar. Placed nearby are 11 containers of red liquid, the equivalent of the 12 litres of blood donated by some 51 people which helped save him. Westpac rescue helicopter pilot and Parnell resident Rob Arrowsmith says time was crucial. His crew was on the scene just seven minutes after receiving the call. Simon nearly died after the March accident on a Peak Rd lifestyle block. The former Kaipara Col- lege student had been work- ing for a homekill business for two years and says he was on a routine operation. He was standing in grass up to 30 metres away when a cow was shot. Normally that would be safe but the bullet ricocheted and hit him in the chest. I remember getting shot and I walked backwards and I kind of fell. I yelled to the boss I ve been shot ! I kind of went out for a bit but I remember the helicop- ter arriving. The next minutes were packed with incidents while a string of experts worked under extreme pressure to save Simon s life. St John paramedic Michelle Kearney was the first emergency worker at the scene. She knew Simon would have to be moved quickly and called the Westpac rescue helicopter. The rescue operation was routine except for the horren- dous injuries. Quick decisions had to be made by flight paramedic Marcel Driessen and crewman Dean Harvey. Flight doctor James Le Fevre says Simon would have died if he had not been flown to Auckland Hospital. Dr Le Fevre thought Simon had gone into cardiac arrest and says he could have died or suffered brain damage if he had. Simon would have died if he d not received blood as quickly as he did. Simon received 51 units of red cells and plasma -- the components of donated blood -- and some other blood- derived products -- the equivalent of 51 people donat- ing and contributing to his life-saving procedures. These units equalled just over 12 litres of donated blood component, comprising 6.7 litres of red blood cells and 5.6 litres of plasma, which helps with clotting -- among other things. Dr Le Fevre estimates Simon had a blood volume of 4.8 litres, so his entire vol- ume was replaced 2.5 times. A number of other factors were in Simon s favour too, Dr Le Fevre says. Good weather meant the helicopter flight was easy, many good decisions were made by the various rescuers and an excellent surgeon with overseas experience in bullet wounds was available. The bullet had not entered Simon s heart but lodged in a lung. It was the most unbelievably unlucky fol- lowed by the most unbelievably lucky, Dr Le Fevre says. He says Simon s rescuers all played a vital part but so did those who donate blood. It s the only way you can save a life while sitting down and having a cup of tea, he says. Simon agrees, and says he will be a willing donor him- self. He will also go back to work, he says. Visit nzblood.co.nz for information on becoming a donor and blood collection sessions. Arborists battle to save pine Looking back: Norfolk Island pines have hung over the Mission House in Mission Bay for decades. Photo: SIR GEORGE GREY SPECIAL COLLECTIONS, AUCKLAND CITY LIBRARIES A fight is under way to save a historic Norfolk Island pine tree in Mission Bay. The NZ Historic Places Trust is working with Auckland Council to revive the tree which has become infected by Phy- tophthora cinnamomi, a pathogen known to affect Norfolk Island pines. The tree, located next to the Melanesian Mission building at 44 Tamaki Drive, is one of two believed to have been planted by bishops Selwyn and Patterson between 1860 and 1870. It survived being struck by lightning more than a decade ago but the disease is threaten- ing to wipe it out. The NZ Historic Places Trust owns the Melanesian Mission Building and is commit- ted to doing everything possible to save the tree, spokesman Blair Hast- ings says. The Norfolk Island pine is not in great shape and has been losing limbs for a number of years. Although the tree is not believed to be in immediate danger of fall- ing we want to take steps to remove any potential for injury to people or damage to the Melanesian Mission building. We also want to do everything we can to give this tree a shot at rejuvenation. Council arborists have recommended reducing the crown of the tree to 13.5 metres and remov- ing any deadwood. While it is a big step to take council heritage arborist Nick Stott says it gives the tree the best hope of recovery. We re keen to see it continue to be a heritage landmark at Mission Bay and we want to do every- thing we can to save it, he says. Mr Hastings also supports the plan. We re hopeful that by taking this approach potential danger to the public will be removed and that Aucklanders will be able to enjoy this historic tree in its natural heritage setting, along with the Melanesian Mission buildings, for many years to come. While council arborists believe the tree can be saved the trust is realistic, he says. The reality is that we don t really know what we ll find until we start work- ing on the tree. There is a possibility that the tree is in such poor health that the entire Norfolk Island pine may need to be removed. Work is scheduled to take place on the tree on June 19 weather permit- ting. A second historic Nor- folk Island pine close to the sick tree is unaffec- ted by the pathogen and is in good health.
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