LIFE SUPPORT: Ron Lang, left, and Sam Gilmore, from Sunnybrand Chickens, with Sr Ruth Thompson, baby Caitlyn Fisher.
LIFE SUPPORT: Ron Lang, left, and Sam Gilmore, from Sunnybrand Chickens, with Sr Ruth Thompson, baby Caitlyn Fisher.

Ventilator will give breath of life

By RENEE REDMOND

PAEDIATRICIAN Chris Ingall is overjoyed with the introduction of a new ventilator for the Lismore Base Hospital Special Care Nursery.

Byron Bay business Sunnybrand Chickens donated the $47,000 machine to the Our Kids charity for the nursery yesterday.

"The ventilator is used on newborns who are sick, often premature, and who need assistance with their breathing. The baby is sedated whilst on the machine, which breathes for the young patient, providing life support," Dr Ingall said.

"The most important thing is it's the first new ventilator we've had in 18 years which means it has parts available and if anything goes wrong it can be replaced.

"It's an enormous advantage.

"The machine is the same as the one used at the Mater Hospital in Brisbane and it's state of the art equipment," he said.

A director of Sunnybrand Chickens, Sam Gilmore said he thought the machine was urgent and important for the nursery.

"The nursery was short of a ventilator, they needed one, it was as simple as that," he said.

Radiologist and co-ordinator for the Goonellabah Rotary Club, Warwick Herbert said clubs across the region were aiming to raise $16,000 for two humidifiers for next winter.



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