Posted on 10 August, 2017

The theatre team and Dr Noah Tapaua(the lead cardiac surgeon for all the cardiac operations performed with OHI here) had to come back to thehospital to treat a patient in the middle of the night. However, after some extra treatment last night the patient is doing well and resting in ICU under the watch of the OHI team and local staff.


Everyone is reporting that the patients are doing very well and the smiles on the ward after a day or two of rest are definitely the proof of this. You wouldn’t have known anyone of team were up for a period of time in the middle of the night, as the entire group are incredibly focused on the job at hand and come in as sharp and astute as any other day.


The ward is once again full of bubbles and toys but also local media. The community support behind this OHI trip has been immense. Local fundraising and community driven support have allowed a large amount of supportand independent backing of the program. All of this attention may not be understood by the youngest patients onthe ward but everyone involved whether staff or parents are very grateful for any attention that assists the program.


Towards the end of the day OHI physiotherapist Katie Holgate took the opportunity to sit with the Hospital’sPhysiotherapy team and cover a ‘refresher training course’ on analysing x-rays for cardiac patient after care. Thestaff were very receptive and knew quite a lot of information provided but it proved a good opportunity to discuss content and treatment.