Hospital gives life wholeheartedly

Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital staff members with heart surgeons and specialists from the National University Hospital of Singapore at the hospital during World Heart Day last week. Picture: PEKAI KOTOISUVA

More than 2200 free echocardiograms had been performed on children and 81 kids had been given the gift of life through the free heart surgeries conducted at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital in Suva.

In her World Heart Day message last week, the Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Heart Hospital Fiji director Dr Krupali Tappoo said this was in addition to the 73 surgeries conducted in India previously and more than 3000 free ECGs performed before the hospital was built.

She said this year’s theme “Use Heart with Heart” was an opportunity for everyone to stop and consider how they can use heart for humanity and nature.

“Use heart means to think differently, to make the right decisions and to act with courage,” she said.

“I think that the significance of the heart in front of our hospital is really the lifesaving, life transforming and the work that’s done on the hearts of little children.”

Dr Krupali said over the past two weeks a world renowned team of heart surgeons and specialists from the National University Hospital of Singapore (NUHS) had performed free open-heart surgeries. “We had a total of 21 children who were given a new gift of life totally free of cost.

“The children of Fiji are truly blessed to have such incredible surgeons and specialists operating on them and we are truly grateful to have them here at our hospital.”

She said in the past few months through the free heart surgeries, she has seen a big change with the children and everyone who had entered or came in touch with the hospital.

“Through these free heart surgeries on children with congenital heart disease I think that all of us have been a little kinder, gentler, more loving and I think the Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital stands for that.”

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