THREE more physically-challenged children departed for corrective surgery in Hawaii this month, and hope their disparities will soon be a distant memory.
Rob Leacock, the divisional co-ordinator of the Honolulu-based Shriners Hospital for Children, reiterated that the families of these children would not be charged for the orthopaedic surgeries.
The patients included 10-year-old Fatima Aliyaah of Suva, who departed with her mother last week for remedial surgery to her feet.
"She is expected to be gone for six to eight months," Mr Leacock said.
Lautoka resident Jittesh Chandra, seven, flew out on Tuesday and is scheduled for surgery to his legs and feet, while Marist Brothers High School student Epeli Rabua, 15, was also listed among the fortunate recipients and will undergo surgery to his wrist next month.
Mr Leacock said their successful returnees included seven-year-old Pranav Ram of Suva, who underwent surgery to correct his club feet.
Also recently returning home was Simione Tuinirarama, 19, of Nadi, who spent seven months at Shriners for surgery to both feet.
Other fortunate recipients are teenagers Aseri Sokiveta of Nausori and Divya Swami, 15, from Labasa, who both departed for Shriners in June.
Sokiveta, 17, needed surgery to treat a bone infection in his left leg while Swami, who recently returned home, had hardware removed from a previous surgery in Hawaii.