Waiheke Marketplace : February 23rd 2011
February 23, 2011 W n r d Wk ' Waiheke's ownc redit card Waiheke s own credit card Apply online at: www.fexipay.co.nz Susan C row Bryan Gartrell ARTATWORK MIAMI 5646AF2 372 9032 firstname.lastname@example.org | 372 9032 insurance solutions Waiheke Island's Established Chartered Accountants LOCAL - PROFESSIONAL EASY TO GET TO - EASY TO WORK WITH Ph: 09 372 8996 Gulf Accountants Ltd 15 Years Serving Waiheke Pentacticle Filtration Ministry of Health Certified Quality Assured 1500 gallons & 2200 gallons available WAIHEKE ISLAND A GRADE Waihekes only "fully Tank Level Indicators, Tank Cleaning, Filtration, Euro Cloths, Tank Water Sanitiser, Pool Salt filtered" water supplier 40c per litre Fill your own containers 18L & 15L Cooler bottle refils $5.00 2.5kg and 4kg ice $2.00 $3.00 & Shop: 30 Tahi Rd Ph: 372 3077 Bulk Deliveries Ph: 372 8977 Ollie's best chance All bandaged up: Four-year-old Ollie Davies after his successful operation. By GILL ALCOCK Go to www. waihekemarket place.co.nz to learn how a cochlear implant works. OLLIE Davies will be learning to hear with a new implant after a huge fundraising drive paid for his surgery. The four-year-old underwent a two-and-a-half hour operation at Gillies Hospital on February 11 to position an implant behind his left ear and ensure the device s 22 electrodes were in the optimum pos- ition in his cochlea. The electrodes stimulate the coch- lea s hearing nerve, which sends impulses to the brain where they are interpreted as sound. Ollie s dad Gary Davies says the operation went very, very well and was the best result they could have hoped for. The device went in well and all electrodes work so Ollie has the best chance, with the best equipment available in the world. Ollie was nervous just before the operation but came through it fine and was soon up and about, running around the hospital, Mr Davies says. He was away from creche for a week and went back yesterday. Audiologists at Hearing House will gradually turn up the volume over the next few months once the wound has healed and the device has been switched on. Mr Davies says it will take that time for Ollie to teach his baby ear , as he describes it to his son, to listen. It s not going to be easy. We will be at The Hearing House once a fortnight getting new plans to fol- low. But we have 10 months to get him up to speed before his fifth birthday on January 5 when he starts school. The six months of fundraising that culminated in the special event Let s Hear it for the Boy at Wild on Waiheke raised around $50,000. The money, held in a special account with the Jassy Dean Trust, has covered the costs of the implant and leaves enough for an upgrade for Ollie s right ear implant in the next year or so. Mr Davies says he never imagined such an enormous sum would be raised. I thought we could maybe get $20,000. It would not have been possible without the massive help from my parents, my children Sean and Paige and the incredible support from the community. It s impossible to thank every- body but anyone who bought a saus- age or made a donation, has given Ollie the very best chance for a good life -- a normal life, Mr Davies says.
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