EARLY START: Mother Samantha Durrington, Humpty Dumpty patron Ray Martin and Grafton Base Hospital maternity nursing unit manager Angie Garland with baby Anastasia Windred, who was born prematurely. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
EARLY START: Mother Samantha Durrington, Humpty Dumpty patron Ray Martin and Grafton Base Hospital maternity nursing unit manager Angie Garland with baby Anastasia Windred, who was born prematurely. Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

Mum shares story with TV veteran

EIGHTEEN-year-old Grafton mum Samantha Durrington will have a great story to tell her nine-week premature baby Anastasia when she grows up.

Ms Durrington, who gave birth to her daughter seven weeks ago, found herself in front of a camera yesterday with veteran Australian television reporter Ray Martin behind the microphone.

The five-time Gold Logie-winning reporter and TV anchor visited Grafton yesterday in his role as a founder and patron of the Humpty Dumpty Foundation.

The foundation provides equipment for maternity and children's wards throughout Australia. To date it has provided more than $40million worth of equipment to 214 hospitals nationwide

Mr Martin and foundation co-founder Paul Francis were in Grafton to inspect $98,000 worth of equipment the foundation has provided to Grafton Base Hospital's maternity ward since 2009.

While here, the foundation's film crew shot a promotional video featuring Mr Martin interviewing Ms Durrington about the surprise birth and how the donated equipment helped her baby.

In an interview with Mr Martin, maternity unit manager Angie Garland said the 10 pieces of equipment the foundation had supplied were "life saving".

After leaving the hospital, the Humpty Dumpty crew visited the Bulgarr Ngaru Medical Aboriginal Corporation headquarters in South Grafton.



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