Visiting heart specialists urge for children to be checked

Head surgeon Assish Katewa of the Sri Sathya Sai Sajeevani Hospital in Raipur, India, and Sai Prema Foundation director Sumeet Tappoo during the press conference at the CWM hospital today. Picture: NICOLETTE CHAMBERS

Head surgeon Assish Katewa of the Sri Sathya Sai Sajeevani Hospital in Raipur, India, and Sai Prema Foundation director Sumeet Tappoo during the press conference at the CWM hospital today. Picture: NICOLETTE CHAMBERS

Update: 6:14PM AN INTERNATIONAL medical team of 15 specialists who arrived in the country last week are urging parents to take their children for a heart check-up.

The team, led by head surgeon Dr Asish Katewa from the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in Raipur, India, said there were many children living with a heart problem that was yet to be detected.

This after the team operated on six-year-old Shaniya Dutt of Nausori after a defect in her heart was causing her to be easily out of breath.

The team was organised and brought in by the Sai Prema Foundation to assist children living with heart conditions in Fiji.

Sai Prema Foundation director Sumeet Tappoo said it was a humble experience for the foundation to be able to help the children and families who otherwise would not have been able to afford the surgical procedures.

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