Five year old discharged from Waikato Hospital

Press Release – Waikato District Health Board

A 5-year-old girl assaulted in Turangi on the night of Wednesday 21 December, has been discharged from Waikato Hospital and remains in New Zealand with her family.Five year old discharged from Waikato Hospital
A 5-year-old girl assaulted in Turangi on the night of Wednesday 21 December, has been discharged from Waikato Hospital and remains in New Zealand with her family.

The parents today thanked all the staff at Waikato Hospital, particularly world-renowned paediatric surgeon Askar Kukkady, pictured, the anaesthetists, nurses and surgical team involved in the operation and to Waikids Ward 26 for all their “loving support and care” of their daughter.

The family were given a copy of the recently published book Village on the Hill – Celebrating 125 years of Waikato Hospital by its editor, communications director Mary Anne Gill.

“There are so many familiar names, places and people in the book that the family now know, including Mr Kukkady who created history in 2004 as the lead surgeon of a team at Waikato Hospital that separted the first set of Pygopagus conjoined twins in Australasia,” she said.

A trust fund has been set up for the girl at Westpac Bank, account number 03-1555-0150947-00 under the name “Operation Turangi”. Already $8560.44 has been donated. Read the parents’ Xmas day message to New Zealand.

To send a message to the family, either give it to Main Enquiries, Menzies Building, Waikato Hospital from 8am to 8pm daily, post c/o Mary Anne Gill, Waikato DHB, P.O. Box 934, Hamilton 3240 or email news@waikatodhb.health.nz – nearly 700 emails have been received to date.

The family are reading all the messages and continue to be amazed by the support they are getting.

About Waikato District Health Board and Health Waikato:

Waikato DHB is responsible for planning, funding and providing quality health and disability support services for the 365,300 people living in the Waikato DHB region. It has an annual turnover of $1.2 billion and employs more than 6000 people.

Health Waikato is the DHB’s main provider of hospital and health services with an annual budget of more than $674 million and 4980 staff. It has six groups across five hospital sites, three primary birthing units, two continuing care facilities and 20 community bases offering a comprehensive range of primary, secondary and tertiary health services.

A wide range of independent providers deliver other Waikato DHB-funded health services – including primary health, pharmacies and community laboratories.

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