Nov - Constant nose bleed
Dec - Operation in Vaiola Hospital to remove polyp growth in nose. Bleeding does not stop and leads to further hospitalization
Feb - Tae is operated on left sinuses through upper jaw to remove tumour – inverted Papilloma This was funded by the Tongan Government via NZ Aid. Tumour is Benign.=
July - Tumour has regrown and protruding through left nostril. Operation in Tonga through incision down the left side of nose to remove Inverted Papilloma done visiting ENT team from Melbourne, Australia
Sept - Operation in NZ on sinuses on right side of face to remove inverted Papilloma
Dec - Operation in NZ on sinuses on both left and right side to remove inverted Papilloma
Jan / Feb - Cancer confirmed and extensive surgery and radiotherapy is recommended
Feb 23 - 17 hour operation to remove cheekbones, upperjaw and all related tissues with reconstruction of face. Dr John Chaplin, Dr. Nick McIvor, Dr. Paul Simcock, Dr. Mark Izzard, Dr Ian Chapman and the medical team.
March 13th - 11 hour operation to repair flap, remove nodes on neck and skin grafts
May 1st - June 9th: 30 sessions of radiotherapy spread over 6 weeks at Auckland Hospital - this has included several days in hospital...
August 9th: Major surgery expected to remove reconstruction. Most of the reconstructed bone and tissue found to be in good health despite removal of dead bone.
August 15th - WOW - tests come back and Tae is tumour free - cancer in remission.
Back to Tonga to let the wound heal and to allow for growth and recovery
December 06 Scans show still in remission and tumour free. Surgery to repair damage to face now set for April 2007