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Eight-year-old girl to write again following surgery

May 30, 2018 7:16 pm

An eight-year-old girl who could never hold a pen before to write will now be able to, following a reconstruction surgery at the Waiyevo Hospital in Taveuni.

Travelling over hundreds of kilometres from Yaqeta in Yasawa to be operated on by US-based surgeons in Taveuni, Vilimaina Savuirabukawaqa can now fully use her hands.

She was born with deformed fingers and doctors from the Loloma Foundation, an NGO based out of California, performed reconstruction surgery on her.

Her mom, 47-year-old Ana Nario says her daughter can now do simple things like holding a pen, using a spoon and dressing herself.

“I think it will be a big change for her, her fingers regarding writing. Before coming to Taveuni, it was very hard for her to do things with her hand. So today, I am very happy.”

The US-based doctors have been in Taveuni for over three weeks now carrying out free surgical and dental services.