Erik Movling thought he was a goner when his speedway saloon was engulfed in flames after a crash at a Whangarei speedway track in 2008.
It was a miracle that Erik survived after being trapped for more than a minute in the fireball. The Stanmore Bay man was in an induced coma for 40 days and on life support for three months at the National Burn Centre - where the country's most severe burn patients are treated. He underwent more than 45 operations.
Four years on, Erik is thrilled First National Real Estate is donating four Ipads, complete with internet connections, to the National Burn Centre to connect patients and their families in times of distress. When he stayed in the centre - the only of its kind in New Zealand - he only had a telephone to communicate with family.
In many cases, burn patients are away from their homes, family and friends and will stay in the National Burn Centre for several months. Because patients come from all corners of New Zealand and the South Pacific, it can be difficult for their family and friends to be constantly at their bedside, due to work, children and other commitments.
Tracey Perrett, National Burn Service Coordinator, says the donation of ipads by First National will allow patients to use social media and email to maintain contact with their friends and family during their admission to the centre. iPads are also currently being trialled in burn centres internationally to provide distraction during stressful procedures.
First National General Manager Colleen with one of the iPads, Eric with his helmet from the crash and First National Chairman Bob with Home Safe Kit.