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An Answer to Prayer

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30th May 2005  The woman who almost lost her right arm late last year when the  rope being used to rescue a floundering longboat snapped has in a New Zealand hospital successfully had a nerve graft and some tendons reconstructed. "This is an answer to prayer" says Darrlyn's mother Carol.

Darralyn Griffiths who had waited  months for this operation is feeling relieved its all over.  

Following the accident last year she was evacuated from the Island the same day on a boat which took two days to arrive at Mangareva in French Polynesia.  From there she was flown to a hospital in Tahiti where she spent three weeks before flying on to New Zealand Accompanying her was her  husband Turi. Her father and Mayor Jay Warren also accompanied her to as far as Tahiti. 

Darralyn and Turi Griffiths

 

Meanwhile, the longboat which had floundered in the rocks is now on its way back to Pitcairn. Longboat O'Leary known locally as "Tub" had spent several months in New Zealand undergoing repairs which included installing a larger and more powerful engine.

 

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