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Druku Medical Fund
$7,120 raised
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4 Years running
Bula Vinaka To Our Tavarua Family, We wanted to let you know about the condition of Tavarua's oldest staff member and Chief, Druku. As you may have heard, or seen, Druku was not feeling well last month and developed severe jaundice as of ...

Bula Vinaka To Our Tavarua Family,

We wanted to let you know about the condition of Tavarua's oldest staff member and Chief, Druku. As you may have heard, or seen, Druku was not feeling well last month and developed severe jaundice as of late. After several local tests failed to determine the problem, we felt that due to his deteriorating condition we would send him back to the States to undergo further, more advanced testing to see what the cause was. Thanks to Dr. Roseman, Dr. Coyle and Dr. Schaeffer - they found a malignant mass in his bile duct near his liver and pancreas, together with severe infection. They immediately were able to alleviate the blockage through a stint procedure, which helped considerably with the jaundice and other related symptoms; however further surgery was required to find the root cause.

Several days ago, Druku underwent 8 hours of extensive surgery at Scripps Clinic to remove his bile duct, gall bladder, several lymph nodes and numerous other suspect areas. The prognosis is positive; however we are looking at a lengthy recovery and perhaps chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Additional biopsy reports are still forthcoming. Druku is currently stable and will be hospitalized for several days.

The surgeons and doctors have donated their time, however the costs for the hospital stay and treatments will need to be covered as Druku does not have insurance. We are reaching out to all of our Tavarua Family today to ask for your help, as the costs are projected to be very high and may exceed our capability, and unfortunately his journey in dealing with this is far from over. We are committed to doing all we can to ensure that he is healthy again and able to return here to Fiji, Tavarua and his friends and family.

We will be posting some information and lots of photos on our social media - in hopes that many of our guests will take a moment and write a note of encouragement to Druku.

We can answer any further questions that you might have at (805) 686-4551 or in Fiji (679) 670-6513.

Please help us in whatever way you feel most comfortable. You can send us a check made out to:
Tavarua Island Tours, Inc.
PO Box 60159
Santa Barbara, CA 93160

Please memo the check "Friends of Druku"

Or you can send via Paypal - direct your payment to rokotui@aol.com

Memo Detail - Friends of Tavarua



We can't thank you enough - for your help, kindness and for being a part of the Tavarua Family.

Vinaka Vaka Levu,

The Tavarua Island Staff and Management

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