LJ Hooker's gift to help Nambucca Valley's youngest

LJ Hooker's Paul Tobias with Macksville Maternity's Karen Atkins
LJ Hooker's Paul Tobias with Macksville Maternity's Karen Atkins

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation and LJ Hooker Macksville have answered the plea of our frontline staff with the donation of a Jaundice Detector to the Macksville District Hospital Maternity Unit.

The detector is valued at $4,780.

All babies are checked for jaundice (yellowing of the skin) on a daily basis. This Jaundice Detector is used to help clinicians determine jaundice levels through the skin without harming the baby.

If jaundice is left untreated there is a possibility of cerebral palsy, deafness and/or brain damage.

"We are thrilled to be able to assist the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and support a local hospital directly with the help of the LJ Hooker Foundation," LJ Hooker Macksville Director Paul Tobias said.

"The Macksville District Hospital is very close to all our hearts at LJ Hooker Macksville and it gives us great pride to know that we're helping to make a positive difference in people's lives."

Founder and Executive Chairman of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation Paul Francis began fundraising in 1990, and in 1996, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation was officially born.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation provides life-saving medical equipment specifically requested by 427 hospitals and health services across Australia.

To date, Humpty has raised over $70m and in 2019, Humpty provided close to 450 pieces of medical equipment for Paediatric Wards, Neonatal Units, Maternity and Emergency Departments.

The Humpty Dumpty Foundation provides equipment for approximately 20,000 children (0- 18 years) who are in hospital on any given day. On average in Australia, 1 in 5 babies will need medical intervention at birth.

In NSW, the Humpty Dumpty Foundation is the largest supplier of children's medical equipment, behind the State Government, and is working hard with health officials and communities to ensure all states and territories have the equipment they need.

"It is with thanks to the generosity of donors like LJ Hooker Macksville, and the ongoing support of the LJ Hooker Foundation, that the Humpty Dumpty Foundation can urgently respond to the pleas from the frontline and make a real difference to hospitals and healthcare services across Australia. Now more than ever, hospitals and healthcare services need Humpty's help and it is important we continue our critical work of providing essential and often life-saving medical equipment to metropolitan and regional areas like Macksville to ease the load on our frontline professionals," Mr Francis said.

Locals, community and business organisations interested in supporting the Humpty Dumpty Foundation and their local hospital, either by donating a piece of medical equipment or by making a donation, can visit www.humpty.com.au or contact the Humpty Dumpty Foundation on 02 9419 2410.

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