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Toddler ready to go home

Avinesh Gopal
Saturday, June 02, 2012

AARIB Hussein was in a playful mood yesterday as he recovered from a heart operation.

The two-year-old of Lautoka had a surgery at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva on Tuesday to mend a hole in his heart.

He was among the 20 children who were operated on by the Sydney Adventist Hospitals Operation Open Heart team.

When The Fiji Times team arrived at the hospital about 2pm yesterday, he was out of his bed kicking a ball in the hospitals corridors.

The majority of children who had surgery have been discharged from hospital while the rest, including Aarib, are expected to return to their homes this weekend.

His father Donald Aiyaz said he was very happy that the visiting surgeons had fixed the hole in his sons heart.

We are ready to go back to Lautoka tomorrow (today) but we will have to come back for the final check-up before the team returns to Australia, Mr Aiyaz said.

Dr Neil Orford, the intensive care specialist, said the heart surgeries were pretty good so far this year.

He said a 16-month-old boy who had surgery was in the Intensive Care Unit on ventilation and heart support machines.

He is very sick, Dr Orford said. The boy had veins from his lungs connected to his heart and had a complex surgery by Dr Ian Nicholson on Wednesday.