The act of kindness

Across the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Network, acts of kindness are shown by staff, volunteers, the local community and patient families. The act of kindness extends beyond culture, race and religion. As we acknowledge World Kindness Day (13 November), below are some examples to illustrate that kindness – whether big or small – can go a long way.

One of our teenage patients at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick, was in need of some pampering. By 10am, Cath O’Dwyer (Youth Cancer Services Clinical Nurse Consultant) had put the word out, borrowed wigs from the Prince of Wales Hospital, and arranged for a beauty therapist to come in to give the patient her first ever manicure. Kylie Estreich (Child Life Therapist) and Jessica Cooper (Community Relations Manager) found talented make-up artist, Shaina, through the Sydney Children’s Hospitals Foundation and Shaina was at the Hospital by 11am to work her make-up magic on our patient. Our Medical Photographer was called in to take photos for our patient to keep and in the afternoon, Cath had invited the patient’s school friends to come for afternoon tea.

At The Children’s Hospital at Westmead long-term patient, 11-year-old Hannah, decided to make bracelets and beaded jewellery as a way to pass her time in Hospital. As her jewellery collection grew, she decided to sell them at the front nurses desk on the Edgar Stephens Ward and raised money for another patient who was unwell and waiting for a transplant.

Two-week-old Peyton was on a train with her mother last week, when she stopped breathing. A bystander on the station who was also a nurse stopped and performed CPR on her and ultimately saved her life. Peyton spent almost a week in The Children’s Hospital at Westmead’s Intensive Care Unit before she was transferred to another hospital and is thankfully at home and recovering well.

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