Children undergo surgeries

MORE than 30 children at the CWM Hospital who have congenital problems with their chest and abdomen are undergoing surgeries conducted by a team of specialists from New Zealand.

Dr Philip Morreau, who has been a pediatric surgeon for over 20 years from Starship in Auckland, New Zealand, highlighted this at the CWM Hospital in Suva yesterday.

The team consists of anaesthetist Dr David Linscott and nurse specialist Rachel Gedes from Christchurch and Dr Morreau, performing surgeries on the children.

“So it’s basically continuing work that’s been going on for 20 years and strengthening of local expertise and to develop strong partnerships with the staff here and this has resulted in obviously the improvement of the state of care,” Dr Morreau said.

“These are children who will have good quality of life once these conditions are corrected.”

The surgeries were funded by the Australian Government through the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and was organised by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons Pacific Island program.

Pediatric surgeon for CWMH Dr Josese Turagava said some complex cases needed monitoring.

“There are a range of cases that require surgery, there are straight forward cases that we manage every day and there are the complex cases that we need mentoring from our senior colleagues overseas and these are some of the cases,” Dr Turagava said.

“There’s a time where we can within the year where Dr Philip can actually come to Fiji and we can go through the complex cases and even go through the complications.”

For nine-year-old Ashley Chand who has suffered from Hirschsprung disease since she was 11 months old, her father William Chand said he was very happy that she can now live a normal life without pain.

“Ever since Ashley was 11 months, she has had this disease and because of it, we’ve gone through so much difficulties, but I am so glad that now she is recovering after surgery yesterday (Wednesday),” Mr Chand said.

“I’d like to acknowledge Dr Josese, the team here at CWMH and the team from New Zealand for treating my daughter with so much care.”

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