SHRINERS Children's Hospital in Hawai'i has once again provided a lifeline to three children from the Western Division who needed urgent medical care.
Samuela Tuidraki is one of the grateful hearts who had just returned from a reconstructive surgery to correct injuries to his hips. He sustained the injuries when he fell from a moving truck in 2009.
Samuela was accompanied by his father Waisea Driu of Nakavu Village, Nadi. The 17-year-old returned earlier this week after a three-month stay at the hospital to correct the deformities in his leg.
Also receiving treatment at the Honolulu-based hospital are Amisha Alim, 9, and Aporosa Batini, 2.
Lautoka Special School student Amisha has been at the hospital for about a month receiving reconstructive surgery to her hips while Aporosa is getting treatment for his club foot.
The two children are among six children who have been or are being treated at the hospital so far this year.
Shriners Hospital's Pacific representative Rob Leacock said another child would be travelling to Honolulu next week.
"We have another child going on Tuesday of next week and have 10 more kids in the works to send," he said.
"Every March, doctors from Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu, Hawai'i, come to Fiji to conduct clinics for children who have bone, joint or neuromuscular conditions to see if they qualify for a life-changing surgery at no cost to the patient or their family.
"Please call your local hospital in February to find out when the dates for the March clinic will be."
Shriners has assisted about 40 Fijian children receive life-changing surgery over the past six years.