To brighten up the walls of the neonatal intensive care unit at the Centenary Hospital for Women and Children, images of an adventurous young wombat and his mum, by artist Bruce Whatley, have been unveiled. The illustrations were taken from the book Baby Wombat’s Week, written by the much loved children’s author Jackie French, and sequel to the international bestseller Diary of a Wombat.
“I think the wonderful things about art, or even a book, is that they are a friend in both joy and sadness,” said Jackie. She hopes that the illustrations would provide a welcome distraction to the families of the babies in intensive care. Four images of mother, Mothball, and her baby now adorn the walls of the neonatal ICU to help create a warmer and more welcoming environment, and reduce the sterile feeling.