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Mother’s Answered Prayer Over Son’s Successful Heart Operation

“When my son was six months old, I realised he was sickly, his lips would turn bluish and he was not as active as a normal child, so we decided to take him to the hospital,” Ms Kalwatman said.
19 Sep 2023 16:00
Mother’s Answered Prayer Over Son’s Successful Heart Operation
Joshua Kalwatman with his mother, Mesika Kalwatman and father, Roy after he was discharged from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital on September 18, 2023. Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku

Every mother prays that her children are healthy and they will do anything to ensure that.

When Mesika Kalwatman got the news that her son, Joshua Kalwatman, suffered from Tetralogy of Fallot (TOF), she panicked and a lot of negative thoughts clouded her mind.

TOF is a birth defect that affects normal blood flow through the heart. It happens when a baby’s heart does not form correctly as the baby grows and develops in the mother’s womb during pregnancy.

When she heard about Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital, she prayed that her son would undergo the much-needed surgery he required.

Yesterday, the three-year-old was discharged and will leave for Vanuatu next month.

“When my son was six months old, I realised he was sickly, his lips would turn bluish and he was not as active as a normal child, so we decided to take him to the hospital,” Ms Kalwatman said.

Joshua Kalwatman with his mother, Mesika Kalwatman and father, Roy after he was discharged from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital on September 18, 2023. Photo: Wati Talebula-Nuku

“I was told that he had a heart problem. I thought about how expensive it would be for us to take him overseas to get the surgery done.

“A friend of mine then told me about this hospital, and I searched on Facebook and started to chat with them. When I was told that it was free, I was glad because we only had to worry about airfare and accommodation.”

Ms Kalwatman thanked the staff at the hospital for taking care of her son when he was in their care.

Now, Joshua will have a chance to live a normal childhood.

“I am grateful that a heart hospital is built in Fiji because children from the Pacific will have a chance to undergo surgery. I will not have to worry about my son if he wants to play with his friends,” she said.

 

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