Henry Tiim at Shriners

Henry cured; Now heading home

A serious bone infection in the left arm of 14-year-old Henry Tiim from Christmas Island in Kiribati has now been cured by orthopedic surgeons and their staff at Shriners Hospital for Children in Honolulu and Henry has now been cleared to return home, they said.

Thumbs Up – It’s ‘thumbs up’ for 14 year year old Henry Tiim and his mother as Shriners Honolulu orthopedic surgeon Dr. Graham Fedorak clears Henry to go home to Christmas Island in Kiribati after being successfully treated for a serious bone infection in his left arm.

Henry’s serious infection, termed osteomyelitis, was discovered last year during an examination performed by Dr. Craig Ono, chief of staff of Shriners in Honolulu, during a volunteer expedition to Christmas Island (Kiritimati). Dr. Ono and his team identified 11 serious orthopedic cases on the island at that time and has begun to work through the list.

Henry was flown to Honolulu in late February for treatment, consisting of a series of surgeries designed to clear the infection, according to his orthopedic surgeon, Dr. Graham Fedorak.

During Henry’s stay in Honolulu, he and his mother were hosted by Ms. Etita Timon and her family, who Henry’s mother said ‘took wonderful care of us.”

We are thrilled to be part of an agreement between Shriners in Honolulu, Pacific Islands Medical Aid and the Kiribati Ministry of Health, where Shriners has agreed to ‘adopt’ childrens’ orthopedic cases from Kiribati, the ministry pays for air fare and PIMA covers housing costs in Honolulu.