PRAISE: Child missionary got emergency clearance for medical treatment in New Zealand

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A young child who is in desperate need of surgery to repair a serious injury has been cleared to fly to New Zealand with her mother for treatment.

Young Abigail Peden seriously injured her arm and elbow earlier this week, having to travel from Papua New Guinea where her parents are missionaries to New Zealand for urgent surgery. As well as being somewhat isolated where it serves in PNG, New Zealand has strict isolation and quarantine requirements for people entering the island nation due to its COVID response.

In an update on Friday, the family says the New Zealand government is allowing the child and his mother to enter the country with special permission.


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“Thank you all for the prayer, support, insights and connections,” the post read. “It’s been a rollercoaster ride with plans changing frequently, but good news Abigail and Katie received MIQ (Managed Isolation and Quarantine) emergency medical approval this morning.”

The mother and child were due to fly out at 6 a.m. to a hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.


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While the family are extremely grateful for the turn of events, they say sadly the rest of the family were refused entry.

“It’s so difficult for Katie who will leave behind three of her babies,” the family say.

They ask for prayers for the family to be reunited quickly. “And for poor Abigail who is still in great pain and has a long journey back to New Zealand with a very early start and a long layover in Australia.”

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