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Children to travel overseas for heart surgery

07:33 Fri Feb 17, 2017


Taken from/By: FBC News
Report by: Ana Ravulo

In the near future, more children may be able to travel to New Zealand for open heart surgery.

Chairperson of the Children’s Heart Foundation, Dr Rosemary Mitchell says sending children abroad for life saving operations is not easy due to the high cost

“We now need to go and look for funding. So we just want to let the public know that we are here, let them know what we do. We are looking for other sponsorship and we are still developing our program to get funding and reach out to the public.”

General Practitioner Dr. Krupali Tappoo says successful heart operations extend patient’s lives.

“Well I have personally seen 23 successful surgeries and I’ve only been a part of this for the last six months. I am actually looking forward to another visit by the same team later on this year.”

It is estimated that each year in Fiji about 150 children will be born with congenital heart defects and, sadly, many of them will die before their second birthday.



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