Happy Christmas from the team at ARCH

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As another year draws to a close, the team at ARCH would like to wish all our supporters, patients, and medical professionals a very warm Christmas and healthy, happy 2017.

ARCH continues to chip away at the unmet need in NZ. Whilst there remains a need, we are committed to trying to alleviate that.

Access to health care is a basic human right. Poor health and poor access to optimum health care impacts an individual in a myriad of ways right across the social and economic spectrums.

We are always buoyed to receive feedback from people ARCH has helped. Today I share one such story with you.

(Patient letter abbreviated)

(Some time back) I had a major fall from a horse and landed on my right hip and shoulder. It was a massive problem as I was already a below knee amputee. I had learned to ride with a prosthesis and represented New Zealand at the Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004 Paralympic Games, winning gold and silver medals.

 The fall meant I was in constant pain. I was unable to keep my prosthesis on and didn’t sleep well at all. My job riding, teaching, and caring for horses was severely limited. It was very depressing as I was a very active and competitive person.

 I could not believe it when my surgeon told me about ARCH. I (went on to have) my hip repaired with a fabulous team of nurses and doctors in a wonderful hospital.

 (When I got) back into training I won two major NZ titles and two qualifying scores for Rio 2016.

 So thank you for all you do, your generosity. You have restored my belief in there being some lovely people out there in this world.