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Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children

ROMAC has been in operation for over 25 years. Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary program that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand. Assisted by many eminent Australian and New Zealand surgeons who generously donate their time free for the treatment of our patients, this humanitarian program has provided over 400 children from more than 20 developing countries with urgent medical treatment that has given them new hope.

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 THE BRADLEY BOLA STORY

4 October 2014

Thanks to a generous gift from Epworth Hospital, Melbourne and the pro bono work of maxillo-facial surgeon Associate Professor Andrew Heggie, 17 year old Bradley Bola from Papua New Guinea will have major surgery in the coming weeks at Epworth Richmond.

Bradley was born in 1996 with Crouzon's Syndrome – a disease where some bones of the skull and face fuse and therefore do not grow normally during foetal development.

Watch the news story on Bradley ---------->
(with kind permission from SBS)

Bradley was first brought to Melbourne by Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) for treatment in 1998 and then again in 2007. During this second visit, Prof. Heggie performed major craniofacial reconstruction at Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne, to enlarge and realign Bradley skull and facial bones.

Now almost an adult, Bradley suffers from headaches due to high pressure inside his relatively small skull. He also has problems closing his left eye.

He has done well at school and waited until the recent completion of his Year 10 exams at Mount Diamond School, Port Moresby, before saying goodbye to his father and siblings and heading to Melbourne for the next major surgery this Saturday. The surgery is expected to take about six hours

These procedures cannot be performed in Papua New Guinea and now, with limitations to public hospital involvement in pro bono surgery for overseas cases, it is harder for ROMAC to find private hospitals willing to help out.

ROMAC is very grateful to Professor Heggie and to Epworth group CEO Alan Kinkade for volunteering hospital bed and theatre costs up to $15,000. They are also very thankful to the kind staff across Epworth whether it be in the Bistro, or the Medical Imaging departments where Bradley has had multiple CT scans and X-Rays.

Bradley’s mother Nellie will stay with him in his room for up to four days and afterward with hosts from Rotary for up to four weeks.

The mission of Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) is to provide specialist surgical treatment for children, from developing countries in our Region, in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery not accessible to them in their home country. Last year ROMAC saved the lives of 39 children.

 

 

 

 

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Bradley Bola young boy Bradley as a young boy
Bradley age 17 Bradley age 17
Bradley Bola 1 Bradley in hospital
Bradley Bola 2 Bradley with mum Nellie

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