Ephraim Taokia was flown to Middlemore Hospital in Auckland this month, for operations on his leg.
He broke his upper leg, jumping from a moving truck in an unfortunate accident at work.
The father of five was referred to New Zealand, and flew out with his eldest daughter Tanya; his wife Tua stayed back to take care of their other four children and livestock.
Tua said the medical response was swift and the care he received at Rarotonga Hospital was fantastic. “He was well taken care of,” she said.
“He was lucky, apart from the broken bones in his leg, he only had bruised ribs and a small cut near an elbow.”
Taokia is in good spirits and has recovered well from the first operation on Monday. “He can move his ankle and his foot, and talks us all and seems in good spirits,” said Tua.
Auckland-based singer Kathy Brown has created a Givealittle page to support Taokia, and by last night 17 people had already donated.
And she video-calls him daily to cheer him up: “He’s looking much better and happier and thanks the Lord for his guidance and has felt the power of prayer from everyone,” she said.
“He is grateful to the company he works for, for supporting his family back in Raro.”
All funds raised will be transferred to Tanya’s account to help assist them in New Zealand.