Rotary Oceania Medical Aid for Children 

Vaea who was then about 14 months old and his grandmother Lesilei who brought him to New Zealand.
 
Back in 2016 John Ross asked the Club if we could help an infant boy from Vavau’u, Tonga.  John had been approached by the boy’s family while in Tonga.  Little Vaea had been born with a cleft palate and harelip and this resulted in making feeding him very difficult.  He was also at risk of being ostracised as he grew up.
 
With wonderful help from ROMAC, Vaea and his grandmother, Lesilei Mahina. They were flown to Auckland and initially were settled into Ronald MacDonald house while Vaea was assessed.  Unfortunately, surgery was delayed several times because Vaea was unwell, and then Christmas happened.
In March surgery was successfully carried out at Middlemore Hospital by Dr. Zac Moaveni.   Vaea and his grandmother returned to Tonga a few months later.
 
John Ross has seen Vaea a few times over the last 4 years. Vaea is now living with relations in Nuku’alofa and is about to start school.
Our Club can feel very proud of the difference we have made through ROMAC to this young boy’s life and that of his family.
Vaea now 5 years old