Martin Before

Martin came to Auckland early in the New Year from the small island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea. He and his mother Linda travelled by truck over bumpy dirt roads to the ferry terminal, by banana boat to Buka Island, by plane from Buka Town to Port Moresby before boarding a flight to Brisbane.

After spending 5 hours in a transit lounge in Brisbane they boarded a flight to Auckland and arrived here after midnight, more than 24 hrs after leaving their home.

After only a couple of hours sleep Martin was admitted to Starship and the series of tests began. Overwhelming for anyone – let alone a child under two and his mother who didn’t speak English.

The following day Martin underwent brain and facial surgery. Following surgery, Martin and Linda were hosted by the local PNG community

Martin After

Five weeks later, Martin he returned home to PNG – developmentally normal, happy and sociable.

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