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Arishma thrives on angels' help

Repeka Nasiko
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

SIX-YEAR-OLD Arishma Rhea is a fun-loving young girl who is enjoying her first few weeks of primary school.

The Andrews Primary School student started at Class One earlier this month and has been enjoying every minute of it. But despite her fun-loving attitude towards life and her ability to put a smile on anyone's face, life for this feisty six-year-old has not always been easy.

Arishma was born with a neuro-musculoskeletal condition.

Her father says that as a result of the defect, his daughter has a limp in her left leg.

"It has been difficult but we are grateful that she did not need much assistance from us," Mr Narayan said.

But help has been given for the young girl in the form of orthopaedic specialists from Shriners Hospital for Children in Hawai'i.

For the past few years, young Arishma has been visiting the hospital to repair her condition at no cost.

"My wife goes with her to Hawai'i for surgery on her spinal cord. Every time she comes back we notice a great improvement in her body," Mr Narayan said.

"They way she walks is much better than before and she is able to do things that she could not do before the operation.

"I am very grateful for what the hospital is doing for my daughter."

Shriners Hospital for Children Pacific Fiji representative Rob Leacock said Arishma and her mum would fly out to Hawaii again next month.

"She had pins inserted into her back and as she grows she will have to go back to Hawai'i about five more times to have the pins redone," said Mr Leacock. He said Shriner's Hospital would pay for all future flights, accommodation and surgeries.