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First South Pacific Children’s Heart Hospital To Open In April

We understand that the South Pacific islands do not have access to these services and we have always had overseas teams that come and operate children and go. Parents have had no choice, but to send their babies overseas and it costs near $100,000 to do that and most parents cannot afford it.
12 Feb 2020 12:50
First South Pacific Children’s Heart Hospital To Open In April
General Practitioner and Medical Co-ordinator Sai Prema Foundation Fiji Dr Krupali Tappoo (left) and Director of Biomedical Engineering for Gift of Life International Roy Morris during a press conference in Suva on February 11, 2020 .

The first South Pacific Children’s Heart Hospital is set to open its doors in April this year.

This was the confirmation made by General Practitioner and Medical Coordinator Sai Prema Foundation Fiji Dr Krupali Tappoo yesterday.

She said the hospital would provide free open-heart surgeries for children in Fiji and the South Pacific.

This she said would be the first facility of its kind to open for the Pacific island nations.

“We understand that the South Pacific islands do not have access to these services and we have always had overseas teams that come and operate children and go,” Dr Tappoo said.

“Parents have had no choice but to send their babies overseas and it costs near $100,000 to do that and most parents cannot afford it.

“It has resulted in so many children losing their battle early in their life.

“Thus, an answer to their prayers will open its doors to the public come April.”

She said while working on the facility, the foundation was also looking at appropriate medical professionals.

“We are opting to train local doctors, nurses and all others that are specialists in pediatric cardiology.

“This will be made possible through our sister hospital in India the Sanjeevani Hospitals who will be facilitating these trainings,” she said.

She said to facilitate operations they would have visiting teams coming in from the Open Heart International Australia and New Zealand, Gift of Life International, and many others will be invited into Fiji.

International help

Director of Biomedical Engineering for Gift of Life International Roy Morris said there was a real need for a facility for these procedures to be done in Fiji.

“In a few months that there will be a place to go for these procedures right here in your country,” he said.

“We have gone to 42 countries around the world and we have conducted close to 40,000 heart surgeries free of cost.

Gift of Life International is working with the foundation to offer assistance and set up the hospital.

With the new facility, he said they were looking at up to 200 surgeries per year.

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