New 2022 arrivals!

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Welcome to our new arrivals!

If you follow our social media channels you will know we said a big ‘Hello again!’ to the wonderful Zenilda from Timor Leste. Zenilda who is here for treatment for severe scoliosis had to return back to Timor at the beginning of the year when it became apparent that the Covid Code Brown restriction was going to delay her treatment. But now she’s back, more courageous and determined than ever knowing that you as well as her medical team are more caring and determined than ever to help her transform her life.

We are also hosting Natalia from West Papua Indonesia. Natalia is another of the amazing A/Prof Leo Donnan’s patients and will be receiving treatment for a severely damaged leg. Broken in childhood, her leg was not treated and Natalia’s Neurofibromatosis (which also affects her facial features) impacted the way it healed, causing malformation, pain and impaired mobility.

We’ve also welcomed friendly Romario to The Retreat. Romario is also from Timor Leste and has come to Australia for assessment and complicated orthopaedic treatment to be undertaken by Orthopaedic surgeon, A/Prof Leo Donnan at St Vincent’s Private Hospital.  Romario’s dad’s sadness at his son’s situation is immense and is reflected in his beautiful words when he realised Children First could help his child, ‘(my) family can have hope and the ability to dream again.’  This must echo in your heart as it does in ours and we’ll keep you updated with Romario’s progress.

Pictured with Jack The Retreat’s Assistant Manager, are L to R; Romario, Zenilda, Natalia and Alonika, Natalia’s carer.


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