COMMENT: By Dr Michael Shepherd

In New Zealand each year more than 300 children either die or are hospitalised with injuries suffered in motor vehicle crashes.

Around 90 of these are young Aucklanders, many of whom sustain permanent disability or, tragically, are killed. Unfortunately, this number is not decreasing significantly, even though we know how to prevent many, if not all, of these injuries.

What we see in Starship are devastating, life-changing injuries, affecting whole families.


They come from all around the Auckland and New Zealand, each with a story of their own. Without our medical assistance they would not