Rotary Oceanic Medical Aid for Children (ROMAC) is assisted by many eminent Australian surgeons and allied teams who generously volunteer to requests for assistance. This humanitarian program has provided over 350 children from 20 countries with urgent medical treatment that has given them new hope. It provides medical treatment for children from developing countries, in the form of life saving and/or dignity restoring surgery, not accessible to them in their home country eg. children with herniated brains, deformed limbs, cleft palate repair, horrific burns, heart conditions, separation of Siamese twins. ROMAC has been in operation for over 25 years. Rotarians volunteer their time and expertise to run this Rotary program that encompasses all the Districts of Australia and New Zealand.
ROMAC is one of Rotary’s best kept secrets
Nelia After Surgery
Baby Nelia, born in Dili, East Timor, had been diagnosed with a life-threatening condition. Unable to feed or digest her food due to a rare birth defect that left her with a malformed oesophagus. Without surgery to correct the condition – which doctors in East Timor lack the specialist skills to perform – Nelia had little more than a week to live. A mercy call to ROMAC saved Nelia’s life. She had surgery at the Monash Children’s Hospital and now is doing well.