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New lease of life

Serafina Silaitoga
Monday, December 03, 2012

BORN with heart ailments, Setaita Raulu and Josaia Masivou will soon have a new lease of life after Vodafone ATH Fiji Foundation sent them to India over the weekend for a heart operation.

The two children, aged 7 and 12 from Labasa, departed on Saturday evening accompanied by their mothers and Doctor Maryanne Kora'ai from the Labasa Hospital.

Doctor Shanita Sen, president of Fiji College of General Practitioners Children's Heart Foundation, said four children were scheduled for the operation but the other two could not make it as they were not fit for travel.

"It is a milestone achievement for our partnership today since we have been able to help save and improve the lives of over 68 children who otherwise may not have made to this life and made productive contributions," she said.

"The Fiji College of General Practitioners Children's Heart Foundation (FCGPCHF) in association with Vodafone ATH Foundation is proud to assist children suffering with heart disease and conditions not correctable in Fiji.

"We are sending these children to cardiac specialists in India at a world renowned hospital which provide very high quality care to our children and we are committed to the care of children of Fiji to give them a healthy future and will continue to assist families and children suffering with serious heart disease," Dr Sen said.

Vodafone Fiji managing director, Aslam Khan handed the tickets to the children.

"The charitable giving is the choice that a corporation makes to improve the lives in the community it lives and operates in," he said.

"It is a privilege that we are able to re-invest some of our profits to build a stronger, healthier, happier Fiji," said Mr Khan.

Foundation executive officer, Ambalika Devi said the children's trip and surgery were being funded by the foundation through its partnership with Fiji College of General Practitioners Children's Heart Foundation.