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Surgeons to operate on children with heart conditions

Shayal Devi
Friday, August 29, 2014

CHILDREN suffering from heart conditions won't be turned away this year as a special pediatric group is accompanying heart surgeons from New Zealand for a two-week clinic in Fiji.

The project is an initiative of the Friends of Fiji Heart Foundation and organisation chairman Craig Strong said the team would also conduct surgeries on children.

"There is nothing more heartbreaking than when we inform parents that the adult surgeons can't perform on the children and they (patients) are turned away," he said.

"We are very glad that we have a pediatric team this year working on our children."

The team is from the Starship Children's Hospital in Auckland, New Zealand.

He said the team would spend one week performing surgeries on children with heart conditions.

The team is based at the Lautoka Hospital and will start surgeries today.