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Specialists shift focus to adults

Avinesh Gopal
Friday, June 01, 2012

THE Sydney Adventist Hospitals Operation Open Heart team has successfully operated on 20 children.

Yesterday the team had begun operating on adults.

The youngest of the children to have been operated upon by the visiting team of specialists was a three-month-old baby boy.

The last child was operated on yesterday afternoon at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

Dr Ian Nicholson, who operated on the children, said the surgeries went well.

One child who is three months old will take a bit longer in intensive care because of the complex surgery, he said.

The veins coming back from the lungs were not connected to his heart so we had to connect the veins. He was blue because his blood circulation was not normal.

Dr Nicholson said the baby may remain in the Intensive Care Unit for a week but would definitely survive.

He said the surgery he performed on the baby was something similar to the operation he did on a local eight years ago.

We operated on 20 children in five days, with an average of four per day.

Normally there would be few more children for surgeries but you have to look for them out there.

Dr Nicholson said he performed two heart surgeries yesterday morning and he was about to start on the 19th child around midday. He said some children operated on had been discharged while three would go home today.