Successful surgeries, best Mother’s Day gift

May 8, 2022 8:10 am

Two of the 27 mothers whose children underwent heart surgery at the Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Children’s Hospital in Nasese, Suva say this is their greatest Mother’s Day gift.

In the past eight days since the hospital opened, heart surgery specialists from overseas, with support from local nurses and doctors, have given a new lease of life to 27 Fijian children.

Esther Underwood Rokobuli, who lost her eldest daughter in 2008 due to heart complications, says being able to save her second child is the best gift.

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Only two years ago, Rokobuli found out that her second child also had a cardiac problem and she kept worrying about it

“Doctor Sean (Setty) said it all went well, there were no complications. My heart, you know got a big relief. I just cried. I was in tears, I was emotional, I was happy, I had tears of joy – knowing that my child has made it.”

The working mum first discovered her daughter’s heart problem when she fell sick at school.

Rokobuli says nothing can be more valuable as a gift than knowing her daughter has been given a new lease of life.

“That’s the best Mother’s Day gift a mother could get, not to worry about your child, when she goes to school. When she goes to school everything will be all right. As a mother you can’t always be by your child and that worry is now off your mind and your shoulders, that heaviness has been lifted.”

Jotishma Singh, a mother of a six-month-old baby says the surgery is timely and she and her husband never had to worry about taking their son overseas.

“We are so blessed that Sai Prema has helped us by providing free treatment for my baby. This is the best gift I could get for mother day.”

Singh’s son was born at seven months. An echo was done then and this was when his complication was discovered.