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Will you help the brave man on the mobile phone

KEITH JACKSON

Francis Nii, Kundiawa Hospital, 2012The Francis Nii Appeal

IT’S A TOUGH GIG. JUST IMAGINE. Just imagine yourself in this situation.

You’re lying on your back in hospital.

You’ve been confined to bed for over a year now. The old wheelchair with the sagging seat rests against a wall. Your bedsores have put paid to the small pleasure of using it to propel around the wards.

You’re realistic about your life situation. The accident in 1999 was so long ago you’ve adjusted to the reality you’re a paraplegic, never to walk again; the promising career of economist and senior banker a distant dream.

Your personal calculus tells you that you’re fortunate to be alive and amongst your own people; resident in a hospital where your wisdom is beneficial and your calm presence valued and you’re treated with care.

Furthermore, you are a respected figure in a wider community. For a start, you are writer of books in a country of few authors.

You’re an award-winning essayist and storyteller.

You compose your telling words lying flat on your back and punching the tiny keys of a mobile phone.

The phone connects to a world where you mingle electronically with distant contacts.

But always there are those bedsores: one on the buttock and two at waist height on each side. They’ve developed at the pressure points of where you lie. They’re the scourge of immobility.

The care at Sir Joseph Nombri Hospital in Kundiawa is attentive, but the equipment is poor. For example, you sleep on a single bed with a standard mattress. It’s far from what your body requires. It does not facilitate recovery.

You are 50 years old and 165 centimetres tall and you need someone to help.

Not that you’d ever ask for it.

You just get on with life and the deck of cards it dealt.

But now, Francis Sina Nii, friend and sage, we’ve decided to recruit the PNG Attitude cavalry to help.

How you can donate to the $10,000 Francis Nii Appeal

Australia & Rest of World

Account: Crocodile Prize
Bank: NAB
Location: Noosa Civic, Noosaville, Australia
BSB: 082-401
Account No: 392-865-774

Papua New Guinea

Account: Simbu Children Foundation
Bank: Bank South Pacific
Location: Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea

Account No: 100-124-0413

Drop us an email here when you’ve made the bank transfer and tell us your name including a message for Francis too if you like.

If you don’t do electronic banking, you can send a cheque to the Crocodile Prize at PO Box 1688, Noosa Heads, Queensland 4567.

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