New cots mean the world to littlest ones

LIFESAVING: From left, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, nurse unit manager maternity Maureen Dawson, clinical co-ordinator Kim Smith and new mum Kelly Cheetham with little Jax. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 260514GOA01

LIFESAVING: From left, Tamworth MP Kevin Anderson, nurse unit manager maternity Maureen Dawson, clinical co-ordinator Kim Smith and new mum Kelly Cheetham with little Jax. Photo: Geoff O’Neill 260514GOA01

LITTLE Jax Cheetham and his family know only too well the importance of new resuscitation cots unveilled at local hospitals yesterday.

Little Jax, one of twins, was the first baby to use Tamworth hospital’s new cot and he was back at the maternity unit yesterday with mum Kelly for the big unveilling.

Member for Tamworth Kevin Anderson said the cots were each valued at more than $22,000 and would be based at Tamworth, Gunnedah and Manilla hospitals. “These state-of-the-art machines are life-saving devices and will play an important role in the care of newborns across the New England area,” Mr Anderson said.

The features of the new cot include an inbuilt oxygen outlet so a baby can be resuscitated immediately should they stop breathing. 

Mr Anderson said the equipment was purchased from the Humpty Dumpty Foundation with the help of the NSW government.

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