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Hope for Ibrahim

Felix Chaudhary
Thursday, February 28, 2013

ONE year after doctors at Shriners Hospital diagnosed him, Ibrahim Begg and his mother Ilisabeta left on Tuesday night for Honolulu, Hawaii, for treatment.

Ibrahim will be admitted at the Shriners Hospital for Children for orthopaedic treatment to his severely bowed legs.

The 17-year-old Nabouwalu native was placed on a priority list for treatment and is expected to stay in Hawaii for six months. He will undergo multiple surgeries and physiotherapy sessions before returning home.

Ibrahim's trip was facilitated by Rob and Lory Leacock, who have urged parents or guardians of children with orthopaedic conditions to contact them for consideration for treatment.

"These include birth defects of hips, arms and legs; deformities of the spine; serious complications from bone infections of the arms or legs; sports injuries; cerebral palsy; some burn scars and complicated fracture problems," Mr Leacock said. "This is for children aged 18 and under."

Those living in the Western Division can contact Sister Shoba on 9123115 on Tuesday, March 5. On Thursday, March 7 she will be at Lautoka Hospital. Northern Division dwellers should contact Sister Shiro at Labasa Hospital on 8811444 on Monday, March 11. Those in the Central and Eastern divisions can contact the CWM Hospital's Orthopaedic Clinic on Tuesday, March 12 or Thursday, March 14 on 321-5507.


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