By Lillian Sopera Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby
Waiting is not fun especially when it’s someone you love who is undergoing surgery. Families and relatives of the six patients who underwent the complex cardiac surgeries, were smiling with big sighs of relief. Oh what a happy reunion it will be, when the six patients who underwent the complex surgeries are released from Pacific International Hospital (PIH).
Family members and relatives gathered, anxious to hear what the surgeons had to say. Although it will be a couple of more hours of waiting, they had the chance to ask questions and receive responses, first hand advice and feedback from the surgeons.
Many of the patients travelled in from outside centres just for these operations. Jenny Abios and her husband travelled to Port Moresby from Bulolo, Morobe Province. Jenny said:
“He had a blockage in his heart and the company he works for (Morobe Mining) sent him to PIH. He went in for the operation. For almost two days he has been in the ICU and I was very worried.
But after the doctors gave a positive report, I am now happy.”
Korin Kufelim, whose cousin brother got the operation, said he was so grateful for the service PIH provided. Korin said, “He came to have a by-pass surgery and the doctors did a very successful operation. He is in the ICU and I am very happy that they did the surgery, not overseas, but in PNG. He added with a big smile, “And I am grateful that we can do such surgeries in PNG.”
Lucy Puri’s husband, who worked for the police department, travelled from Western Province to undergo the surgery. Lucy said, “My husband had a heart problem and the doctors said three of his arteries were blocked. The whole family was so worried but I thank God for His provision and protection. My husband’s operation was successful. He is awake and I am overjoyed.”
They were referred from Port Moresby General Hospital to PIH and were grateful for the collaborative effort between both hospitals.