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Timely Donation For Cancer Survivors

Timely Donation For Cancer Survivors
Assistant Minister for Health, Veena Bhatnagar at the Women's Fitness Centre at CWM Hospital in Suva yesterday.
September 16
14:07 2015

Survives of breast cancer can now obtain prosthetics breasts.

This is after 400 (bras) and 140 prosthetics breasts were donated  to the Colonial War Memorial Hospital, Women’s Wellness Centre by Heather Tait of Australia in Suva, yesterday.

Ms Tait, 63, is a semi-retired businesswoman who owns a small supermarket in Australia. She has been donating prosthetics breasts and bras in hospitals in Fiji for the last five years.

“This is my fifth visit to Fiji where I have been donating prosthetics breasts to some hospitals in Fiji,” she said.

“Five years ago I met a gentleman from Votua Village in Fiji who visited my home in Australia and he needed to buy prosthetics breasts for his sister who had suffered breast cancer.

“We were able to get proper prosthetics breasts for his sister and then I came to know that there were other women in Fiji that needed assistance with prosthetics breast,” she said.

“I started a campaign amongst some breast cancer survivors in Australia to donate prosthetics breasts and bras for the mission in Fiji.

“My first prosthetics breasts and bras donations were for a few women at the Sigatoka Hospital.

“My second donation was at the Lautoka Hospital for 30 women, the oncologist nurses tried to fit those prosthetics breasts and bras to those women,” she said.

Last November I went to Tavua and my fifth visit to CWM Hospital she said.

“These prosthetics breasts are worth AUD $400 (FJ$617) and they all are donated by women in Australia.

“The women in Australia want to help their sisters in Fiji. Every trip I make to Fiji I pay for my own accommodation, airfares and everything.

“We will continue to support sisters here in Fiji as long as they need prosthetics breasts in Fiji. This is an ongoing mission for us to keep coming and visiting all hospitals in Fiji and providing women with prosthetics breasts and bras,” Mrs Tait said.

“Should the ladies need their breast to be replaced every two years, they will need new pair of prosthetics breasts because it will perish with the heat and the sun and our job is to come back and feed them with another prosthetics breast and bras,”

Meanwhile, Assistant Minister for Health and Medical Services Veena Bhatnagar said: “In Fiji breast cancer remains amongst the top two causes of cancer in females, with a total of 179 cases in 2013.”

“The high mortality rate is often due to late detection and diagnosis since most women would present to the clinic or hospital at a very late stage.”

“I reiterate my gratitude to Ms Heather Tait and your team for availing yourselves, at your own cost to assist women in Fiji to live their lives with dignity, through the use of breast prosthesis,” she said.

“ I know that we cannot see the psychological scars of those living with breast cancer, but I know with and through Ms Tait’s initiative, many women are likely to benefit by living dignified lives post surgery,” she said.]

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