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I remember the day vividly. I don’t think I’ll ever forget it.  Mason was only 18 months old.   I took him to the doctors early in the morning, he didn’t have any symptoms but my mother’s instinct and a gut feeling told me something was wrong.  It...
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It’s 4.30am, and I don’t know what the time was when I woke up, but I’ve given up trying to get back to sleep – nothing new there!  I’m now sitting at the kitchen bench, wrapped in my favourite spotty dressing gown and I have no idea what I’m going to write....
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Six year old Charlotte is a total diva.   She loves fashion, dancing and wants to be a popstar when she grows up.  She is super affectionate and so incredibly smart and intuitive beyond her years.   Charlotte also lives with a rare health condition.&...
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After a normal pregnancy, our world was completely turned upside down 36 hours after our son Mitchell was born. We were urgently transferred to Waikato Hospital NICU, as Mitchell was having blue episodes, or breathing apnoea’s, and twitching that soon developed into more n...
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Jessica was 3 months off her 6th birthday when her life turned upside down. All of a sudden our little girl lost a lot of weight, was having terrible mood swings and was drinking gallons of water. At first we thought she was coming down with a bug, but a quick visit to the d...
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Jacob Bell | Brain Tumour

February 28, 2019
What started out as a series of bad headaches for seven year old Jacob Bell, turned out to be the warning sign for a far more serious diagnosis. As the severity of Jacobs headache increased and his coordination became affected one day, his Mum Mel took him to the Emergency D...
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Four year old Dominic Edgecombe’s favourite food is salmon. Raw or cooked he doesn’t mind. For his Mum Karena watching her son enjoying his food is something she will never take for granted, as she knows first-hand the struggle they have been through to get to this point...
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When Hadleigh was born three months early we had no real idea what life was going to be like. Everyone told us stories of their uncle’s next-door neighbour who grew to six foot six and could count and spell by their first birthday.  We expected a couple of months in t...
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It’s a simple wish as a parent, to have happy healthy children.  However for some parents this wish sadly doesn’t come true.   For some they will receive the devastating news that their child has a serious health condition.  The world as they once kne...
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At 37 weeks, Alex arrived happy and healthy at Waikato Hospital.  But just hours after they were transferred to River Ridge East Birth Centre, Alex developed breathing problems and was admitted to Waikato Hospital’s Newborn(neonatal) Intensive Care Unit(NCIU) for two ...
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