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Laptop & PSP stolen from TCH Ward

By reemy - 20 August 2009 24

A heartless thief has stolen an Acer laptop computer, a PSP (which was on loan) and 2 games (Atari and Rome) from a room in a ward of The Canberra Hospital yesterday.  My 2 and half year old nephew has been in this ward for over 2 weeks dealing with complications arising from a debilitating chronic illness and has been a very sick little boy.  His parents have been keeping a bedside vigil this whole time and both are understandably exhausted both physically and mentally.

Yesterday afternoon they took their son for a walk in a wheelchair just to give him a change of scene and when they returned they discovered the laptop, PSP and games missing.

The most devastating part is that they have lost photos that were on the computer.  The laptop is replaceable, the photos are not. At this stage they would happy to just have the photos returned.  If the thieves have any heart at all they could burn the photos to disc and then anonymously drop them or even post them to the ward.

This is a cruel and heartless act – I mean, who steals from people who’re obviously dealing with a seriously ill child??

Any information would be much appreciated.  

You can contact Janine directly on 0408 286 926.

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Laptop & PSP stolen from TCH Ward
toriness 12:19 pm 21 Aug 09

peterh said :

I don’t think that telling someone to keep a copy after the notebook is stolen is really worthwhile. Perhaps if we focused our efforts in monitoring ebay and similar sites for a notebook matching the description after one is obtained, would be of greater benefit.

It is nice to say you should have done this or that, but it is too late in this case.

damned good advice generally speaking though isn’t it.

i know there is the old adage ‘if you haven’t got anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all’, but if you leave your stuff lying around in a public place, don’t be surprised when they get nicked. crims are crims and have little or no conscience – they don’t give a rats that your child is sick no more than they give a rats about breaking my window and coming into my private home and stealing MY laptop.

Qbn Gal 10:15 am 21 Aug 09

Alas, some things never change. My son had a collectors edition Jimmy Barnes tape stolen while he was battling cancer in TCH 17 years ago. And DVD’s on the cancer ward at Sydney Children’s Hospital used to walk all the time. We were convinced that it was either visitors to the ward, or some of the patients themselves. Unfortunately as a society we will never get rid of the rogue, dishonest element. Sad.

peterh 8:53 am 21 Aug 09

Jamie Wheeler said :

Stealing from a sick child is truly the work of low life piece of human garbage.

Also with precious photos, NEVER keep the only copy of them on a single computer. Even without thieves you’ve got viruses, hard disk failures, power surges, fires etc etc to worry about. Just get a decent portable HDD and do backups regularly, or burn to DVD and keep them offsite in a safe location.

I don’t think that telling someone to keep a copy after the notebook is stolen is really worthwhile. Perhaps if we focused our efforts in monitoring ebay and similar sites for a notebook matching the description after one is obtained, would be of greater benefit.

It is nice to say you should have done this or that, but it is too late in this case.

Janine D, I hope that the person who did this gets caught, or if they are visiting another sick child in the ward, the family finds out and puts the pressure on them to return it.

Skidbladnir 8:38 am 21 Aug 09

Now, if only The Canberra Hospital would follow Westmead’s lead and sign up to Child’s Play, complete strangers would throw sufficient money at them specifically for the purposes of putting entertainment in paediatrics wards that patients at TCH don’t have to bring their own.
(And kids who ordinarily don’t have game systems of their own or at home can play at get distracted from their sickness for a while)

Recipient testimonials here, follow the top of page links for more information

MissPeaches 8:14 am 21 Aug 09

janine d said :

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Jeff. This amazing person who we have never met, has generously replaced the PSP including three games. We’d like you to know how much your kindness has helped lift our spirits. THANK YOU!!! Janine and family.

Canberra does have some beautiful people in it!

GardeningGirl 12:08 am 21 Aug 09

What a reprehensible act 🙁 I hope the photos are returned.

Jamie Wheeler 11:13 pm 20 Aug 09

Stealing from a sick child is truly the work of low life piece of human garbage.

Also with precious photos, NEVER keep the only copy of them on a single computer. Even without thieves you’ve got viruses, hard disk failures, power surges, fires etc etc to worry about. Just get a decent portable HDD and do backups regularly, or burn to DVD and keep them offsite in a safe location.

utah 10:42 pm 20 Aug 09

They have to be able to be aware of all visitors in case DVOs etc.
So do people have to sign in? Because that would give you a list of people who were there, you know the rough time of the crime, and with a bit of luck they have CCTV footage of the area.

Might be worth talking to Hospital security and see if they can help you.

bd84 10:16 pm 20 Aug 09

Probably the same scum who walked out with the lcd tv from the hospital a couple of years back. People like this should be dealt with with a single bullet to the head.

housebound 9:31 pm 20 Aug 09

Paediatrics is not ridiculously open. They have to be able to be aware of all visitors in case DVOs etc. (been there when that’s happened – not pretty). The chances are that the culprit was visiting another patient and saw the opportunity. That said, the nurses can’t watch over everything all the time -and they do say to lock up your valuables. It’s appalling, regardless.

fortyseven 8:10 pm 20 Aug 09

I think this is atrocious

janine d 8:06 pm 20 Aug 09

We would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Jeff. This amazing person who we have never met, has generously replaced the PSP including three games. We’d like you to know how much your kindness has helped lift our spirits. THANK YOU!!! Janine and family.

Jivrashia 7:11 pm 20 Aug 09

Sorry to hear about your family becoming a victim to a petty crime.

Unfortunately, this was probably very deliberate, that the thief knew that it would be an easy picking.

Hospitals are a public place. It is open to the public to allow family, friends, colleagues, and anyone to visit their loved ones. This means that it is also open to thieves who will take advantage of that. I’d wager that the thief was there in the hospital only to steal, and not to see someone s/he knew in the wards.

As I said, it’s easy picking for those who lack human decency, and hospitals will probably have to introduce some security measures to counter such crime if they become more prevalent. I remember that some wards provide lockers for patients to securely store away there belongings. Was this available?

I think the moral in the general population is in decline, and unfortunately we have to be more vigilant to avoid becoming prey to such crime.

I pray that you, at the least, get your photos back.

papadoc 6:41 pm 20 Aug 09

Wow, just when you think humanity can’t get any worse. My advice is to contact places where these things can be easily sold such as Revolution CD in Woden, Cash Converters etc. They’re really good at keeping an eye out for stuff like this. Karma will get them in the long run too…

eyeLikeCarrots 6:40 pm 20 Aug 09

PSP replaced

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