A motor vehicle accident in Nikao earlier this month has left Cook Islands football women’s representative Moeroa Harmon paralysed in the lower half of her body.
Her parents Lee and Tokoa Harmon, siblings and family are devastated by the dreadful news.
Fit and athletic, she had represented the country in football, winning 15 international caps. Moeroa made her Cook Islands debut at the age of 14 – the youngest player to do so at the national senior level.
The 20-year-old was a second year student at The University of Auckland, studying a Bachelor in Law and Commerce. Moeroa returned home to Rarotonga due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
Moeroa was involved in an accident on September 4 and after a week at Rarotonga hospital, she was referred to New Zealand, accompanied by her parents for further treatment and medical assistance.
Due to Covid restrictions, her parents could not be by her side until they complete their two weeks quarantine this weekend.
According to health professionals, Moeroa will need countless physiotherapy sessions, rehabilitation and mental and emotional support.
Her sister in law Malina Latham says, “she will need the support and financial stability to help her gain her strength to be able to walk again, it is unknown if or when she will regain her feeling to the lower half of her body”.
Throughout this time, Moeroa has remained very strong and positive at Middlemore Hospital.
“She is such a brave young woman and is looking ahead on the road to recovery.
“For those of you who know Moeroa, you will know that she is a very beautiful, strong, intelligent young woman who won’t take no for an answer. She is a very loving sister, daughter, aunty and cousin, is caring and has so much passion for her island, her culture and her sports.”