ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)

ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)

Inner Wheel Club of Fairfield supports ROMAC (Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children)

Rather than give a donation directly to ROMAC, members of the Inner Wheel Club of Fairfield preferred to give Robert some “goodies” to take home after a 6 month stay in New Zealand. These included a drawing book (Robert loves to draw), colouring books, pens, pencils and crayons, snakes and ladders, sticker books and a polar fleece blanket with his name embroidered on it. Robert Nuplei was first seen by a team of Australian medical people who were in his village as part of a blindness prevention project. Robert was born with clubbed feet which caused him to hobble about on the tops of his feet. He was referred to ROMAC in April 2012.

Robert and his Dad arrived in NZ on 15 January 2014 and Robert had his first plasters put on his legs on 17 January. They were changed weekly from then through until the end of April when it changed to fortnightly. The plasters were used to straighten his feet.

He had his operation at Waikato Hospital on 29 May where they cut and lengthened the Achilles tendon and it was back in plaster for another 5 weeks. He has special splints to wear with his shoes and hopefully he will keep doing that for the next 3 – 6 months. These are the first shoes Robert has ever worn.

During his stay Robert has been attending school at Melville Primary. Both have learnt English while they have been here – Robert a bit better than his Dad.

They have now flown home to Vanuatu – lives changed for the better we hope.

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Posted: Tue 14 Oct 2014

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