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Medical donation helps Warwick boy breathe

BREATH OF AIR: Specialist equipment helped Caleb Kay breathe before he was transferred to Brisbane hospital. INSET: Warwick midwife Ross Newton and clinical nurse Toni Alroy with Caleb and Helen Kay.
BREATH OF AIR: Specialist equipment helped Caleb Kay breathe before he was transferred to Brisbane hospital. INSET: Warwick midwife Ross Newton and clinical nurse Toni Alroy with Caleb and Helen Kay.

YOUNG Caleb Kay was sent to Warwick hospital struggling to breathe, but was helped by a new piece of medical equipment.

The AIRVO2 was donated to the Warwick Hospital from the 1200km for Kids charity bike ride.

The humidifier is used to assist children with respiratory difficulties by delivering warm air and oxygen.

The 'Airvo' provided comfort while Caleb waited to be transferred to a Brisbane hospital for more specialised care.

Warwick Hospital's midwife Ross Newton and clinical nurse Toni Alroy with Helen Kay and her son Caleb who benefitted from a piece of medical equipment donated by 1200kms for Kids Charity Bike Ride.
Warwick Hospital's midwife Ross Newton and clinical nurse Toni Alroy with Helen Kay and her son Caleb who benefitted from a piece of medical equipment donated by 1200kms for Kids Charity Bike Ride.

Warwick Hospital director of nursing Anita Bolton said the Airvo was an important piece of equipment.

"It is part of the frontline treatment required for children suffering from respiratory problems,” Ms Bolton said.

"Humidified air and oxygen helps them breathe restfully and clears the chest for ongoing treatment and recovery.

"It is wonderful to see the relief on a child's face when their breathing becomes easier. It is a tangible result that is obvious to the child's parents too.

"It is exciting, as a rural facility, to be able to provide this calibre of treatment that is available in our tertiary hospitals.”

Each year the 1200km for Kids bike riders cycle between Brisbane and Sydney, fundraising for the Humpty Dumpty Foundation to donate medical equipment to hospital and health services along the route.

Ms Bolton thanked the 1200km for Kids riders and the Humpty Dumpty Foundation for providing the funds to purchase the $2750 piece of equipment.

The 1200km for Kids Charity Bike Ride began was started in 2005 by Trevelyan Bale of Sydney and Gary Richardson and of the Sunshine Coast and has raised $1.4 million for sick kids across Australia.

Topics:  1200kms for kids charity bike ride airvo2 medical equipment warwick hospital



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