Team to conduct free open heart surgeries

The team from Open Heart International (OHI) with patients during their visit in 2017. Picture: OPEN HEART INTERNATIONAL/Facebook

A TEAM from Open Heart International (OHI) arrived in the country today to conduct free open heart surgeries for the next six days.

The team commenced operations at the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital in Suva likely around 30 Fijian patients.

According to OHI Fiji coordinator Melanie Windus,  the team would be doing surgeries for both pediatrics and adults.

“For children it is mainly congenital problems so those who have been born with some problem with their heart and mainly holes in their heart which need to be repaired,” she said.

“Also rheumatic heart disease is very prevalent in Fiji and so that is where the heart valves have been attacked and they are not working as strongly as they should do and that’s to replace those heart valves, so we will be doing those two types of heart surgeries.”

Ms Windus said their aim was to also work towards sustainable goals of health, well-being and education.

“What we would like to do is to work with the local staff here so that we can learn from them and they can learn from us.”

The operations will end next Friday.