Operation scheduled for 20 Fijian children with congenital heart defects

Various women who supported the sari draping fundraiser last month. Picture: SUPPLIED

AT LEAST 20 Fijian children suffering from congenital heart defects will be operated on next week by a team of medical professionals from Starship Hospital in New Zealand who will be visiting the Colonial War Memorial (CWM) Hospital in Suva.

Fiji friends Denise Kloeden who is the vice president for Corona Fiji and team member Sarah Fraser have been working in the last few weeks raising funds to help cater for meals for the 40-member medical team who will arrive in the country next Wednesday.

They were able to raise at least $11,000 and acknowledged donations from the people who supported, including New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr.

Ms Fraser said even though the open heart surgery would take close to 10 hours, it would be an advantage to the children later on in life.

“Once it’s done, they will have a completely normal life, if it’s not done sadly some have their heart stopped and have heart attacks before they reach their teen years,” she said.