A Dame We Knew: A Tribute to Dame Cecily Pickerill

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This is a story about the life and times of Dame Cecily Pickerill, a pioneering New Zealand plastic surgeon who operated on many hundreds of infants with cleft problems. Along with her husband she believed in the early repair for a thriving baby. She did not use a series of nurses for this but the babies' own mothers, whose immunity they passed to their infants and whose love covered 24 hour care, seven days a week, no problems, no 'H Bug'. The many stories are written by many people who knew her and appreciated her care. The book honours Dame Cecily, her family and her husband ( Sir Henry Percy Pickerill ) who she gives full credit to for training her. She has had little public recognition until this time, just over 26 years since she died in her own hospital, Bassam in Lower Hutt. We must remember our pioneers.

"Let the people who knew her tell her story"

About the Author:

Beryl Harris a long time Nurse in the Hutt Valley was a Theatre Nurse with Dr Cecily in 1958 and 1959 when she was just 21 years old. They remained friends until 1988 when Cecily died. When Beryl realised that memories of Cecily were being lost and embarked on the long road to the publishing of this book.
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