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She was on her way down the mountain in PNG, when ...
This story, told on our recent Governor's Club Visit, is as much about a little boy as it is about a Rotarian not only serving humanity, but also providing service above self. I wanted to share it with you ...
 
"So I am on my way down the mountain in PNG, being escorted by Jessie, the Principal of Kanga Primary School which my RAWCS Project “Teachers Assist Kokoda” had helped equip some years ago. Out of the blue Jessie starts telling me about this little almost 2 year old boy in the village. He was born with no anus. His mother didn’t realise something was wrong until his stomach began to bloat.
 
Emergency surgery resulted in him having a stoma hole (no equipment or money for bags, etc). She tells me he is now needing to push his faeces out by manipulating the intestines – during this process, part of the stomach comes out and he has to push it back in. She has promised to ask her Australian friends, me and the team, if they can help.
 
I am gob-smacked! Medical help I have never tried to provide. I am not a nurse or a doctor. I train teachers.  But, of course, as Rotarians do, I say, “I’ll do my best for you!” at the time thinking that the likelihood of me being able to make a difference are pretty slim.
What happens next? Is there any help available? ...
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     To contact Michael: 0419 414 959   or
            governor9700milston@bigpond.com 
 
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Russell Hampton
National Awards Services Inc.
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