ROMAC commenced in March 1988 out of the actions of an Australian Rotarian who, with a group of surgeons, visited Lambasa in Fiji. They found the child mortality rate as high as 25% in some places. They quickly identified that lack of medical and surgical facilities and skills for children of the island nations in Oceania, was a major cause. Rotary faced the challenge to assist an 18-year-old Fijian girl whose right leg was threatened if immediate surgery was not performed.

Ken has life-saving surgery

Ken lives with his family in a remote village in the Solomon Islands where they have no running water or electricity. He was born prematurely at 6 months so he was taken by canoe to a clinic and then transported to hospital, where he spent the next 3 months. However, over time, his heart started to fail. Sydney cardiologist Dr James Weaver, who was visiting the Solomon Islands, saw 14-year-old Ken in January 2017 and was concerned he would not survive much longer without treatment. He referred him to ROMAC. Ken was flown to Sydney for major heart surgery at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick in May. His operation went well under the care of cardiologist Doctor Forsey and he returned to the Solomon Islands to attend school, play soccer with his friends and enjoy a happy, healthy life.

 

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Christella 

Christella was a happy little 3-year-old girl in Vanuatu until one day in November 2016 her legs and feet were so severely burnt by boiling water she could not stand or walk. She was brought to Sydney by ROMAC to be treated for her burns at Westmead Hospital.

After skillful specialist treatment, much love and care from ROMAC volunteers and a stay at Ronald McDonald House, she walked home to her family in February 2017, a happy girl once more.

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