1. The Two Girls from Tonga
Lu'isa Mafi (aged 7) was successfully operated in the Royal Children's Hospital on Tuesday 29 April without complications. Lu'isa was transferred to the ICU ward at about 7 p.m. last evening and I was able to be with her briefly at that time.
The two mothers with the other girl (Elisi) and Rev. Iki went to the Rotary Club meeting at Sandringham and arrived back at the hospital approximately 8:30 p.m. Lu'isa mother also had been fasting all day and I relayed a message to the Sandringham R.C. President that the operation had been successful and the Rev Iki tells me that the mother gave a great sigh of relief and demolished a plate full of food.
When Lu'isa was be transferred to the ward, and Jill and I were at the hospital.
Below is a photo of mother greeting her daughter Lu'isa in ICU. This is what ROMAC is all about!
Elisi Halafuka (12 years) went into the operating theatre at 1 p.m. Thursday and at 9.15pm I received a phone call from the surgeon informing me that the operation had just finished and he was very satisfied with the result. They were pleased that they were able to repair the main heart valve and therefore did not require an artificial implant. Repairs to the other valve was also successful.
At 9:30 p.m. myself & Rev. Iki took mum back to the hospital and she was able to see her daughter at 10:15 p.m. A great result. Attached is a photo of Elisi in ICU.
Some volunteers for hospital visits next week would be appreciated.
Yours in Rotary
2. Seriously III
Anna. is 10 week old and very seriously
ill child. Mum sits by her bedside.
3. Fakapelea from
Richmond Rotary Club looked after Fakapelea, and it is wonderful that she made such a recovery.
Her parents were very appreciative of our Rotary Club support, especially that of the Hosking family. A copy of the letter from Fakapelea's father is below. Two photos show Fakapelea in I.C.U., and, some months later, back home and very cheerful.
4. Exciting moment for our ROMAC
Big day at Royal Children's as two Melbourne
Storm rugby players visited our patients.
Many thanks to Iki Katoanga who arranged
this. Our ROMAC kids were over the moon.
Our Rotarian John Benger with an engaging
sense of humour, said that the two heart
patients have been warned that if they get
good enough to represent their country at
rugby, and play Australia, that we have
a built in a special device that reverses
the heart operation.
Picture shows the carers,
the two Rugby Storm players, and ROMAC patients
are open heart (on bed) from Tonga, cranio
facial (in cap) from PNG. And the would
you believe the little boy standing had
open heart surgery less than a week ago
and will probably be off back to Tonga next
5. ROMAC in Action
We are proud of the leadership of our member
Rotarian John Benger, Chairman of the Southern
Region for ROMAC, and his dedicated team
of helpers from many other Rotary Clubs.
John co-ordinates with medical professionals
including our member Dr Janice Peeler to
expedite the arrival and treatment of ROMAC
patients. John has a quirky sense of humour
and achieves instant rapport with the children
arriving for life-saving or life-enhancing
treatment from many Pacific and Asian locations.
We are pleased to have the opportunity to
help John in his voluntary and time-consuming
6. Appreciation from Tonga
workers rejoice in assisting with the
task of returning health, joy and acceptance
to our Pacific Island children being
treated free by Melbourne specialist surgeons.
It is also very satisfying to receive
recognition from the Government of Tonga.