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Heart surgeries in Fiji

Up until now, Fijian children requiring surgeries for congenital heart disease had to either wait for visiting surgical teams from overseas or go overseas for treatment. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, borders were closed for the last 2 years, and no visiting surgical teams were able to visit Fiji and conduct any surgeries. Also, for any child to be taken overseas for surgery was also not that simple as this cost a lot of money which is unaffordable for most of the parents in Fiji.

The Fijian solution to a Pacific Problem

One of the major projects that Sai Prema Foundation has embarked on has been the ‘Gift of Life’ free heart surgeries for children with congenital heart disease. Prior to opening of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital, Sai Prema Foundation arranged for visiting teams from Sanjeevani group India to come to Fiji and conduct free children’s heart surgeries at CWM Hospital from 2016. The Foundation realized the grave need for a children’s hospital which can provide surgeries for congenital heart disease locally hence the building of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital commenced in 2019.

On April 27th, 2022, Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital was officially opened by the Prime Minister of Fiji, Hon. Josaia Voreqe Bainimarama. Also, during then, the first visiting team from USA, led by surgeon, Dr Shaun Setty successfully conducted 30 free heart surgeries for children with congenital heart disease. Then, in July 2022, another team from Sanjeevani Palwal India led by Dr. Subramanian Chellapan and Dr Krishna Manohar conducted 30 more heart surgeries.

Until local capacity is built to have the hospital operational full-time in the near future, the hospital will rely on various visiting teams from USA, Australia, India, Singapore, New Zealand etc. who will come every second month and conduct free heart surgeries. At the same time, they will train local health professionals who wish to specialize in pediatric cardiac care.

The long term vision of Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital is to have a full time surgical team based to conduct FREE children’s heart surgeries not just for the Fijian children but for any child in the Pacific needing it.