SYDNEY – Friday was the end of a long journey in our quest to help a young Kokoda schoolgirl, Freda Duma, have a lifesaving heart-operation in Texas, USA.
A chance sighting of one of our Facebook posts by Dr Amyna Sultan at the Pacific International Hospital in Port Moresby, and the coincidence of having an American specialist working with her at the time, led to an agreement to perform the operation free of charge in Texas.
(Dr Amyna was the angel who helped save my sight 10 years ago.)
We received an urgent call from Freda's relatives for assistance a few weeks ago - Freda's mum, who is accompanying her, had to raise money for warm clothing and expenses during her five week stay in the USA.
Network Kokoda, Adventure Kokoda and Warren Bartlett of Sogeri Enterprises quickly transferred K20,000 into her bank account. This should be more than sufficient.
Friday was Freda's 16th birthday and the picture shows her and her mum at Port Moresby airport as they waited somewhat nervously for their trip of a lifetime.
We wish Freda lots of love and best wishes and look forward to a successful outcome with the operation.
If you want to help and contribute to assist Freda, feel free to make a donation to Network Kokoda at https://www.networkkokoda.org.