TWO more children have travelled to Honolulu, Hawai'i for what is certain to be a life-changing experience.
Koroi Bainivalu, now 17 years old, has been limping on his right leg for 13 years.
Koroi, who left with his stepmother earlier this week, was chosen to receive reconstructive surgery to his injured hip at the Shriners Children's Hospital.
They are expected to be in Hawaii for four months.
Shriners Children's Hospital Pacific representative Rob Leacock said the two would be in Hawai'i over the next four months.
"When Koroi Bainivalu was four years old, he injured his hip while sliding down a hill on a carton," he said.
"He had surgery in Fiji to help with his condition as a child but has walked with a limp since the injury."
Another recipient of the Hawai'i-based hospital is nine-year-old Amisha Alim, also from Lautoka.
Amisha and her mother Arti Keshan arrived from Shriners on Monday.
"They returned from Hawai'i after being gone for seven weeks while Amisha had surgery on her feet," Mr Leacock added.
"Amisha is now able to walk using her walker instead of having to use a wheelchair. At the airport, Amisha's dad saw her walk for the first time."
Doctors from Shriners Hospital for Children come to Fiji every March to conduct clinics for those children aged 18 and younger who have orthopaedic conditions.
Call your local hospital in February to find out the actual dates of the clinics.
"There are about 10 kids from Fiji in Hawai'i now receiving life-changing surgery at no cost to the families.