TREASURE House Children's Home resident Aliti Kase was met with smiles and a loving embrace from her colleagues after returning from a five-month stay at Shriners Children's Hospital in Hawaii.
Returning a day before New Year's Eve, the 11-year-old welcomed the 2014 with a new energy fuelled by her much improved physical health.
According to Shriners Hospital Pacific representative Rob Leacock, the Nadi Special School student went to Honolulu for surgery to correct her scoliosis.
Mr Leacock said the surgery would help young Aliti sit up better in class.
Also receiving reconstructive surgery is 17-year-old Eparama Tuilokuloku.
"In 2011 Eparama Tuilokuloku had surgery at Shriners Hospital in Hawaii after being injured at school while playing rugby," said Mr Leacock.
On November 20, Eparama and his mother flew to Hawaii to have surgery to remove a plate from his right hip.
"He is expected to be gone for about two months."
More children can receive similar help when surgeons from the Honolulu-based hospital arrive in the country in March.
"In March of 2014 a team from Shriners Hospital for Children will be in Fiji to conduct clinics for children under the age of 18 who have orthopedic conditions.
"Please call your local hospital — CWM Hospital, Lautoka and Labasa — in late February to find out when those dates are."