The linked story about a Tongan mother is heartbreaking. She came over to NZ for eye treatment and discovered she had a renal problem, necessitating regular dialysis treatment. But Tonga, believe it or not, does not have a dialysis machine. Foreign nationals can come to NZ for treatment - but it costs $3,000 a month. Local Tongans did some fundraising and raised $11,000 - not quite four months treatment. In point of fact the womean has a death sentence.She will have to return home to die!
But what of the Tongan Royal Family? They are worth millions of dollars. I read that there are 60 Tongans needing dialysis treatment.It is regular dialysis treatment or a kidney transplant.What is the answer to Tonga's problem if the King does not come up with the finance to purchase and maintain a dialysis machine?