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Bonnie Leung (22) of Auckland made sure she was one of the
first to be vaccinated against seasonal influenza this year.
The fifth-year medical student fell ill with Pandemic H1N1
Influenza 09 (swine flu) in July 2009. She spent a terrible
two and a half weeks in intensive care and almost died
from this serious disease. There was no vaccine available
to combat swine flu at the time.
Previously fit and healthy, Bonnie struggled for almost
a year to fully recover from her illness and now she wants
to protect not only herself but also others from a similar
"I hadn't really thought about vaccination before because I
was rarely sick. But now I realise anyone can catch influenza
and it can be devastating."
Bonnie was half way through her third year at university
when she caught what she thought was just a cold.
"I had a runny nose, felt very tired and grumpy. But I was
keen to stay on track at uni and I just carried on. Then I started
getting fevers, chills and aches, and I couldn't get out of bed."
One night Bonnie became so ill that her concerned
mother rushed her into Middlemore Hospital's Emergency
"I sensed there was something very wrong when they
took me into resus and started putting lots of lines in.
"I vaguely recall having a mask on my face to help me
breathe before they put me into an induced coma. And I just
felt very scared and disoriented."
Bonnie only has a hazy recollection of her time in intensive
care as she was kept breathing by a ventilating machine for
over two weeks.
When she finally awoke the doctors told her she had
had swine flu and it had caused pneumonia. Her family and
boyfriend told her they had been very worried she was going
to die and that the doctors were considering some extreme
measures to save her. Fortunately, she pulled through but
the disease had taken its toll on her.
Bonnie spent around three weeks in hospital and
recuperated at home for a further three weeks. She missed
half of her second semester at medical school and even when
she returned found she couldn't write properly or read clearly
because of poor concentration and visual disturbances.
Bonnie has been proactive about getting her vaccinations
and encouraging others to have them too.
"I learnt how important it is to not run your body down. In
fact, when the pressure runs high, it is even more important
to take extra care to protect your health."
"Being immunised is a key step to looking after yourself,
your friends and family."
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ME -- BONNIE'S STORY
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Thyroid support, The south Auckland
branch of the NZ Thyroid Association
holds a support meeting on April 17,
2pm-4pm at Papatoetoe Bridge Club, 57
Hillside Rd, Papatoetoe. All welcome. Ph:
Lupus support, Lupus Care & Support
meets on April 20, 10am at the Manukau
SuperClinic, Great South Rd, Manurewa.
Guest speaker is a clinical pharmacist
who'll answer questions about
medicines. Morning tea, gold coin
donation, all welcome. Ph: Paula
267-1520 or Maureen 535-9240.
King Country, If you have lived in the King
Country and would like to join us for a
luncheon on April 20, 11am to 3pm at the
Avondale RSA ph: Jill 835-1107.
Cellphone help, Age Concern Counties
Manukau holds a free Cellphone Basics
for Seniors course on April 21 & 29,
10am-noon at Papakura Anglican Church,
Coles Cres. One-on-one tutoring. Bring
your mobile phone and user book if you
have one. Donations towards costs
gratefully received. Registration essential,
ph: 279-4331 ext 800.
Women's club, Quota Club of Papakura,
an international women's service club,
holds its monthly dinner meeting on April
25, 6pm at Longford Park Retirement
Village. Ph: Jennie 298-5828.
Holiday fun, Superkids Papakura Trust
holiday programme runs from April 26-29,
9am-3pm. Dress as your favourite
superhero, build and race planes and
gliders, artworks and circus fun. Cost $25
a day or $90 for full week, WINZ
subsidies available. Limited space,
booking essential. Ph: Donna 299-9394.
Smear tests, Free cervical smear tests on
April 27, 9.30am-3pm at mobile clinic,
Foodtown Takanini. Ph: 846-7886.
Knitwits, Learn to knit with Papakura
Knitwits on April 27, and the second and
fourth Wednesday of the month, 10am-
noon at Sir Edmund Hillary Library, 209
Great South Rd. Ph: Kathy 298-4368.
Garage sale, Rosehill College holds a
monster garage sale on May 7, 8am-noon
in the school hall. Fundraising for
Argentina music trip. Limited spaces for
stallholders, $10, BYO table). Email:
Cafe open, Time Out Cafe at Papakura
Anglican Church, 40 Coles Cres,
(opposite the council) opens 9.30am-
11.30am on Thursdays and Fridays.
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