The National – Wednesday, June 29, 2011
BY PHILIP ORE’E
Elvin Kumuli, from Kotuni village, in Goroka, Eastern Highlands, received a rousing homecoming last Friday.
Kumuli, 21, was met by relieved family members and relatives at Goroka airport after undergoing a successful heart operation in Brisbane, Australia.
Her father, Enoch Kumuli said his wife gave birth to twin girls on April 26, 1990, and one of them, Elvin, had had the heart problem since her birth.
Kamuli said doctors diagnosed Elvin with Fallot’s Tetralogy disease that left her gasping for breath after even the shortest exercise.
“She cannot walk even 20 metres, run or do any hard activities because of the problems that weaken her but now she has recovered from that painful life and is back to normal after the operation,” he said.
Elvin said the pains and problems in her body had gone and she was ready to go to school next year.
“Now I can walk long distances, run and do other heavy activities because I’m fully recovered,” she said.
Elvin said her parents had no money to help her with the operation in Brisbane and thanked God for the blessings that made it possible to travel to Australia for the operation.
They thanked Lessey Ririka-Goroka Rotary International, Moras’ Children Foundation in Australia, Goroka General Hospital staff, Lae General Hospital staff, SDA church members, Kotuni communities, friends and relatives for their financial support and prayers.