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Lawnmower fire puts Cook Island teacher in hospital

A teacher, who works with disabled children, has undergone her third operation and is in intensive care after lawnmower fuel exploded in her face.

Nikki Delaney, 31, has been flown from the Cook Islands, where she was on life support, to New Zealand after the freak accident.
Delaney, who worked with disabled children at a school in Rarotonga, suffered serious burns to her face and upper body when petrol from a lawnmower exploded.

Her brother Jordan set up a Givealittlebit account to fund the medical flight to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland where Nikki is receiving specialist care.

“Nikki deserves proper treatment so she can make a full recovery so she can continue sharing all her knowledge and helping our next generation of children grow and shine past their challenges they need to overcome,” Jordan wrote.
“This will be the same for Nikki — she will have to overcome a lot to come back from this injury but with all of our family and her friends we will see Nikki overcome this!”

It is understood a family friend paid for the emergency flight to get Nikki, who is from Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, out of the Cook Islands.

A fund set up to repay the flight and help pay continuing medical costs has at the time of publication raised slightly more than $18,000 towards the target of $50,000

For more information please visit https://givealittle.co.nz/cause/getnixhome


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