Christmas at Southland Hospital

22:43, Dec 24 2012
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Jono Leask, his partner Sheena Manu and their daughters Alia, 5 (centre) and Imogen-Jade, 17 months. They are spending Christmas in hospital after Imogen-Jade suffered a seizure.

Christmas is a special and happy time of year even if your daughter is in hospital.

Sheena Manu and Jono Leask's daughter Imogen-Jade suffered a major seizure on Friday and was taken to Southland Hospital.

Her illness meant the family has spent today on the Children's Ward.

They are waiting on test results but doctors think Imogen-Jade has a form of meningitis, Mr Leask said.

But they are still having a great day.

Imogen-Jade's sister Aria, 5, has been able to be with them and they woke up this morning all together, with presents from the hospital for both girls.


Aria got a scooter from her parents and a wolf hat which she has barely taken off since unwrapping, while Imogen-Jade has a new couch seat, a ball and a dolly.

The only present Jono and Sheena want is a healthy daughter.

"All the other parents have been amazing, as have the nurses and doctors,'' they said.

"They make it so Christmassy, posting letters to Santa in the play room, Christmas carols playing, and a Christmas lunch if you're here.''

The Southland Times