On the computer screen in surgeon Grant Christey’s office is a map of the Midland district his trauma system covers. It takes in major centres, including New Plymouth, Hamilton, Rotorua, Tauranga and Gisborne, and comprises five district health boards: Tairāwhiti, Taranaki, Lakes, Bay of Plenty and Waikato.
A pair of red woollen booties sit perched at the end of Kaihī Kaka's crib. The 10-day-old infant is wrapped in a home-made blanket, donated by a woman from Tokoroa. The gifts are warm and thoughtful, his mother Samantha Lee says, but also a painful reminder the pair were spending Christmas Day in hospital, away from her partner and two older children.
Most New Zealanders say they would like to be an organ donor. But only very few of us will donate. Our donor rate trails Australia, the United Kingdom and others.
Mesothelioma is a rare form of cancer caused by asbestos inhalation. If asbestos dust is inhaled, the fibers embed into the lining of the organs, where mesothelioma can develop. It is estimated that 43,000 people around the world die annually from mesothelioma. By 2020, the mesothelioma death rate in developed countries - such as New Zealand, is expected to increase by 5 to 10 percent annually.
What blood type are you: A or O, maybe B or AB? And are you RH positive or negative?