Phoenix raise funds for medical gear

Last updated 16:21 24/10/2012
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THANKS FOR THE HELP: Bronson Parsons, 13, meets the Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert, left, and Ben Sigmund as part of a fund-raising effort by Herbert, Christian Cullen and Telecom Business Hub to purchase a new piece of surgical equipment for the Wellington Children's Hospital.

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Being an active kid confined to a hospital bed is hard – so a visit from members of the Wellington Phoenix was a welcome surprise for Bronson Parsons.

Phoenix coach Ricki Herbert and defender Ben Sigmund stopped by Wellington Children’s Hospital this afternoon and chatted with the 13-year-old Plimmerton School student and other children.

Bronson suffered a concussion practising for his basketball team’s final six weeks ago and is still feeling a few side effects.

He discussed his injury, along with rugby, swimming and fishing with the Phoenix pair – and the head gear Bronson will have to wear when he plays from now on.

Herbert and Sigmund’s visit was part of a fund-raising effort to purchase a new piece of surgical equipment for the children’s hospital.

Next month, Herbert, former All Black Christian Cullen and Telecom Business Hub are hosting a dinner and auction to help raise the $30,000 needed, in partnership with charity Wellington Hospitals & Health Foundation.

The new equipment, a variable direction laparoscope, will be used in keyhole surgery and will give paediatric surgeons a 360-degree view of the area they are operating on.

It will mean surgeons can make fewer incisions during an operation, which will reduce surgery lengths and allow the young patients to recover more quickly with less scarring.

Herbert said he was really keen to get on board with the project when he first heard about it.

‘‘I think there’s always that desire to be supportive and helpful in the community.’’

The visit to the hospital allowed him to meet the kids that will benefit from the dinner, he said.

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