Sione Vaiomounga

Tongan rugby player stranded in Romania denied access to New Zealand

Sione Vaiomounga played for Tonga at the 2011 Rugby World Cup before signing his first professional contract with Romanian club Baia Mare in 2014.

The flanker's world was turned upside down when blood began pouring from his nose shortly before a semifinal match for the team.

Vaiomounga was diagnosed with kidney failure and dialysis became critical to his survival, a treatment not available in Tonga.