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Medical trip for 2

Repeka Nasiko
Thursday, July 24, 2014

TWO more children from Fiji have left for Shriners Hospital for Children in Hawaii for what can only be described as life changing surgery.

For 17-year-old Aseri Sokiveta, the surgery will correct a bone infection in his left leg.

Accompanied by his mother Ateca Vutevute, the teenager will spend six to eight months at the hospital.

Shriners Hospital for Children Fiji volunteer Lory Leacock said the other child travelling to Honolulu was 15-year-old Divya Swastika Swamy from Labasa.

"Divya is having hardware removed from her foot from a previous surgery," Mrs Leacock said.

"This is at no cost to the family trip and they will be in Hawaii for approximately two months."

Meanwhile, two children have returned from the Hawaii-based hospital after receiving similar treatment.

"Five-year-old Pranav Ram returned on July 14 and he had two club feet repaired," said Mrs Leacock.

"He is now walking on his own with a walker and will need to wear his splints for several months. He was in Hawaii for five months."

"Also returning is 19-year-old Simione Tuinirarama who came back on July 21. He had his right ankle fusion and left ankle tendon repaired and he will need to wear splints for six months."

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