Papua New Guinea Boy Travels To Australia To Cure Rare Bone Disorder
Papua New Guinea boy, Edward Kennedy uses crutches, swaggering from one leg to another. As he walks into a physiotherapy room, in St. Vincent's Private Hospital in Melbourne, for his second session since his surgery that corrects a bone disorder.
He is suffering from spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, most commonly known as dwarfism. His orthopaedic surgeon Leo Donnan said, as he grows deformities would become worse, and it would be impossible for him to walk.
After hearing about the incapabilities of PNG's responding to medical pandemics. Trekking company together with clinicians organized trips along the Kokoda trails.
About four times a year, 10 people trat locals over eight days across the Pacific nation. For a range of illness, such as malaria and tuberculosis, and musculoskeletal conditions.
Health program manager Stewart Kreltszheim says, "We have three golden rules we have when we go over there, and the first golden rule is that we teach and mentor and coach at every opportunity so what we are trying to do is increase the capacity on the ground," No Roads
"The second one is that we work with the medications the people on the ground have, so we are not coming in with short-term solutions. And the third is that we treat under the regulations of the country we work in."
According to ABC News, After meeting Papua New Guinea boy in 2014, the doctors raised urgency regarding his condition. The organization teamed up with the Children First Foundation to bring Kennedy and a group of other children from PNG to Australia for surgery.
The 10 year old boy is one of the 20 children, the First Foundation for Children helps. Children are from Asia and Pacific that experiences a life-changing and life-saving treatments.
The boy gone through two surgeries to fix his "windswept knees", means one leg moves inward and one leg outward.
According to AUNEWS24, Papua New Guinea boy had implants that is monitored by the PNG, to determine when should they remove it. Though Edward had shown a remarkable recovery from her previous surgery, he is expected to stay in Melbourne until January 2017.
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