29 May 2002

Australian doctors operate on seriously ill Fiji children

10:54 am on 29 May 2002

A team of heart surgeons from Australia has begun operating on 16 Fiji children with severe cardiac disorders who would have otherwise lost their lives.

The team of 42 specialists from the Sydney Adventist Hospital is on its eleventh visit to Fiji volunteering their services.

The Daily Post reports that the first three operations have gone well and the children have been moved to the Intensive Care Unit of the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Suva.

The 16 children shortlisted for urgent surgery were selected from more than 50 children with cardiac problems who were screened.

The team began their work yesterday by operating on four children who had holes in their hearts.

Seventeen adults would also undergo heart surgery while the Australian team is in Fiji for the next two weeks.