AN ELDERLY man looked forward to a new lease of life as he prepared to undergo an angioplasty.
Kanta Prasad, 60, and his wife are both unemployed.
What would have cost NZ$18,000 (approximately F$26,000) to have the operation done there, did not cost him a cent.
On Wednesday, he thanked the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation angio team for giving him a second chance at life.
Mr Prasad said he could not afford the overseas treatment.
Another heart patient, Intaj Ali has been living with a cardio problem for the last five years.
He travelled from Nasolo in Ba for an angiogram at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.
Mr Ali was grateful for the opportunity to have an angiogram done.
The 53-year old bus driver and father of two said he would travel to India for a heart operation.
"I am happy that once they do the angiogram, they will know where the blockage is," Mr Ali said.
"I started driving buses in 1982 and now I will be able to continue driving," he said.
according to Wikipedia, angioplasty is a technique of mechanically widening narrowed or obstructed arteries.