Free heart surgeries for kids

SIXTEEN experienced heart surgeons arrive into the country today to conduct surgeries on a group of children born with defects or heart problems.

In a statement released yesterday, the Sai Prema Foundation confirmed that about 80 children have been identified by the Ministry of Health but the numbers were expected to increase.

One of the foundation’s directors, Sumeet Tappoo, said the project would help save children in Fiji.

“We are really humbled to be undertaking our second project that will save the lives of dozens of children in Fiji,” Mr Tappoo said.

The charity heart surgeries are part of the foundation’s Gift of Life initiative.

Mr Tappoo added the team of surgeons last conducted surgeries in Fiji in 2016.

“The team we are bringing to Fiji are representing the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital based in Raipur, India,” he said.

“In 2016, Dr Ashish Katewa and his team gave 23 children a new lease of life after their heart defects were successfully operated on.”

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