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NICU baby Oliver and parents thank staff with a gift of $21,500

Oliver and Rebecca

A family’s desire to thank some of Waikato DHB’s nurses and doctors has resulted in a massive $21,500 raised for  Waikato Hospital’s Newborn Intensive Care Unit (NICU).

Rebecca, Oliver and William with NICU family

Rebecca, Oliver and William with NICU family

Rebecca Clews, her husband William Stewart and their now two-year-old son Oliver gifted the funds to a host of NICU staff on 21 December at Waikato Hospital, just in time for Christmas.

Oliver was born prematurely at 24 weeks gestation with his twin brother Charlie. Charlie spent a short two weeks of his life in NICU before he passed away, and Oliver lived his first six months in NICU with Rebecca and William right by his side. You can read more about their journey in Waikato Times’ story: Hamilton parents of premature twins pay it forward.

Rebecca and William say “We hope that this donation will help the little ones who find themselves starting their lives NICU.

“It wasn’t enough to say thank you to Phil and Jim for keeping our boys alive when they arrived. It wasn’t enough to say thank you to Deb, Helen and Mandy for all that they did for Charlie when he was unwell and as we let him go. It wasn’t enough for every nurse, doctor, and practitioner who sat beside us, who cared for our boys, who saved Oliver countless times, who listened to our worries and shared our successes,” they said in their thank you speech to staff.

“So on Oliver’s first birthday, we suggested instead of gifts, that friends and family donate towards a new portable cardiac monitor for NICU.

“We would like to say a special thanks to following:

  • The quilting ladies and to Leanne the NICU social worker and her buddy Pam who worked so hard during the quilt raffle
  • Speights Ale House for running a quiz night
  • The Vicar’s Fix Café at Horsham Downs
  • Suburban Kitchen Café for donating their tips
  • Silver Fern Honey for donating us their queen bee sale
  • Agrisea
  • And to all family and friends and total strangers who gave so generously.”
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