14 heart surgeries have been conducted so far by a team of congenital heart specialists at the CWM hospital in Suva.
Head surgeon, Dr Ashish Katewa says its take approximately one week for the children to recover from the surgeries.
Chair of Sai Prema Foundation Fiji, Sumeet Tappoo says the surgeries are being done under ‘The Gift of Life’ project of the Sai Prema Foundation Fiji.
“The team comes from India led by doctor Ashish, there is a surgeon from America, team from Australia and a doctor from Oman as well. So an international team has come this year to operate on the children for free.”
This is the second time the Foundation has coordinated and facilitated the free congenital heart surgeries, in conjunction with the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital.”_
The first was in 2016 when 23 children successfully underwent heart surgery.
The team aims to help at least 25 children who need open-heart surgery, an option that normally requires families to spend more than $100,000 as there are no local surgeons and clinicians to be able to provide the service in Fiji.
Meanwhile, Health Minister, Rosy Akbar has acknowledged the work done by Sai Prema Foundation for the children of Fiji.
Source : .fbc.com.fj April 17th, 2018