Parents grateful for special care
FROM the baby incubators to the heart monitors, virtually every piece of life-saving equipment in Tweed Hospital's special care nursery has been donated by charity, pediatric director Dr David McMasters says.
This inspired Casuarina parents Simon, 35, and Kimberley Aalders, 30, to ask for donations to the ward instead of gifts for their son Flynn's first birthday.
Born six weeks premature, Flynn spent two weeks in the nursery and that is when Mrs Aalders realised the hospital was underfunded.
"What alerted me was how run down the hospital was - the old chairs, the overflowing cupboards," she said.
"And I don't know if I'm allowed to say this, but they were only supposed to fit six babies but they had more.
"To stay with Flynn they found me a bed but I had to move three times."
During this time clinicians treated Flynn for severe jaundice. He also needed tube-feeding and a breathing machine.
"I wanted to learn the ins and outs of the machines because they kept my baby alive and I learnt then they were light on donations."
The Aalders raised $400, which they presented to the nursery in praise of Flynn's full recovery.
"They were just so beautiful to us and we would give everything to them," Mrs Aalders said.
"For them to support us and to keep our baby alive meant so much."
And Mrs Aalders is not the only parent to feel compelled to give back to the Tweed Hospital.