He Walks Again

On Christmas Day, 2010, 72-year old Tabwebweiti (Tab) Arikitau was walking on a coral road on Ebeye heading for home when two rambunctious children knocked him down.  The pain was excruciating.  He dragged himself off the road and was taken to the hospital in a rickety old Kia with balding tires.  All the little island hospital could do for his completely fractured left hip was to give him pain medication.

For fourteen months, he struggled to get around. The first two months the pain was so intense that he couldn’t sleep.  Someone had to push him in a rusty old wheelchair. 

Praise the Lord! Tabwebweiti is walking again! The Canvasback orthopedic team, on the little island of Ebeye from February 16 - March 2, replaced Arikitau’s hip with a brand new titanium alloy joint. And he is beaming! Tab was one of three hip replacements seen during the 9 day mission trip. The Canvasback team also performed 8 total knee replacements, 9 arthroscopies and 10 upper extremity surgeries; seeing a total of 163 patients.  Tab thanks you and we thank you. Your donations are helping to make these stories possible.

“The people were amazed when they saw the mute speaking, the crippled made well, the lame walking and the blind seeing.  And they praised the God of Israel.”  Matthew 5:31