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Peace of mind for new parents

Peace of mind for new parents
It was a tough start to life for little Christopher Elliot Jarden (CJ) and new parents Steven and Belinda Jarden. Arriving four weeks early at just 1700 grams, CJ spent the first three weeks of his life in the Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) at North Shore Hospital.

When CJ had a seizure at just 10 days old in SCBU, his parents were understandably devastated and incredibly worried.

Thankfully Steven & Belinda didn’t have to wait long to get some answers as a new machine had recently been donated to Waitemata District Health Board (DHB).

As a part of their annual Kids Hospital Appeal, Countdown gave $37,000 towards an electroencephalogram (EEG) machine for Waitemata DHB to use to assess newborns across North Shore & Waitakere hospitals.

The EEG machine measures electrical activity of the brain and allowed doctors in SCBU to monitor CJ’s brain activity to establish why he had the seizure and what kind of treatment was required. Previously, without an EEG machine available at Waitemata DHB, CJ would have had to transfer to another hospital out of the region for this assessment. 

New machine provides instant information

For Steve and Belinda this new piece of equipment gave them instant information at a scary time.

“If it hadn't been for the EEG machine, questions would have remained unanswered, and Steve and I would have felt like we had a constant sinister unknown sat on our shoulders,” says Belinda. “We would have been waiting and wondering if and when a fit could happen again or if CJ had a neurological disorder. We were given peace of mind.”

Thank you Countdown

Now a happy little boy, CJ is thriving at home and Belinda says the family is incredibly grateful for the outstanding care he received in SCBU.

“While it was a most harrowing experience to have our CJ in SCBU for almost 3 weeks, the care he was provided with by the midwives, nurses and paediatricians was incredibly humbling and reassuring,” says Belinda.

“The Well Foundation worked with Countdown and their generous donation for the EEG machine contributed to ensuring our CJ was being incredibly well looked after.  We feel so very grateful, privileged and ultimately thankful for that.”

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