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Medical team from Hawaii examines more than 200 children

April 4, 2015 1:08 am

Two orthopedic surgeons from the Shriners Hospital in Hawaii were in Fiji this week to assist children in dire need of remedial surgery.

The team visits Fiji every year and provides free treatment.

Dr Johnathan Pellet says it was the 25th Shriner’s visit to Fiji.

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Dr Pellet together with Dr Robert Nemechek treated children suffering from problems with their bones and joints.

“We come to see the patients, we see fifty patients each day. We examine them, look through their medical records, make xray’s and those who we think need an operation we schedule them to come to our hospital in Honululu Hawaii for surgery.”

The medical team has examined more than two hundred children since last week.

Those who need operation will later travel to Hawaii for the surgery.

“Some of the children will have to stay six or nine months during the healing and recovery process. Some of the children will have six or eight stages of surgeries for example straighten their legs or straighten their spines.”

Apart from Fiji, the Shriners team provides medical treatment to children in countries like Samoa, Guam and Marshall Islands.

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