King Edward Memorial Hospital at 100: staff and visitors celebrate hospital’s milestone

King Edward Memorial Hospital at 100: staff and visitors celebrate hospital’s milestone
King Edward Memorial Hospital at 100: staff and visitors celebrate hospital’s milestone
King Edward Memorial Hospital at 100: staff and visitors celebrate hospital’s milestone

KING Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH) celebrated its 100th birthday today with a visit from a 97-year-old ‘King Eddies’ baby’ to the Hospital’s latest arrival.

Marjorie Bospelman, born at KEMH in 1919, met Zayden Hurley, who was born at 45 minutes past midnight this morning.

Ms Bospelman said she was born two months premature but survived thanks to the then new hospital.

“My mother lost seven babies before me. Kind Edward’s wasn’t around then but when I came along it was,” she said.

“They stuck me in the humidicrib… that saved my life. Thank God for King Edward’s.”

Ms Bospelman had a brother and sister 18 and 15 years older than her.

“(My mother) lost all these babies in between. They were ecstatic when I came along.”

Zayden’s mother Zowie Hurley told communitynews.com.au the new arrival has an older brother, Caleb, aged two years and four months.

Health Minister John Day was on hand for the occasion, and some hospital staff wore historic KEMH uniforms.

A new book, King Eddie’s – A History of Western Australia’s Premier Women’s Hospital 1916-2016, by Jennie and Bevan Carter, is now on sale.