Landsdale couple’s missing camera returned


Eloise and Delio Lavorgna (Landsdale) with Leonardo. Picture: Martin Kennealey
Eloise and Delio Lavorgna (Landsdale) with Leonardo. Picture: Martin Kennealey

A LANDSDALE couple have their camera back following a public appeal through communitynews.com.au.

Eloise and Delio Lavorgna’s camera, which had photos of their newborn son Leonardo, went missing a day after he was born on July 23 at Joondalup Health Campus (JHC).

“Leonardo had breathing difficulties and trouble keeping his core temperature, so he was whisked off to the neonatal intensive care unit,” she said.

“The following morning I was taken in a wheelchair to visit him and then back to my room.

“The midwife took the wheelchair without realising it had our camera in the back with the photos of his birth and first 24 hours of his life, along with many other treasured family memories and the birth of our daughter almost two years ago.”

They contacted the Times, and a story online was seen by another family who had used the same wheelchair to go out to their car.

Mrs Lavorgna said on Sunday they returned the camera, which they had accidentally picked up with their belongings.

“The husband took everything that was on the back; they only realised when they got it home,” she said.

Last week, a JHC spokeswoman said all wheelchairs at the hospital were checked after the patient notified staff and it was possible someone had picked it up as wheelchairs were used by many members of the public.