FOUR children, including seven-month-old Ethlyn Lesi from Buka, are recovering at the Port Moresby General Hospital, after undergoing surgery to patch holes in their hearts
Heart surgeon Dr Noah Tapaua said the four were among 15 children, who underwent open heart surgery last week.
The youngest was Lesi, and the oldest was nine years old.
Lesi from Buka, 23-month-old Majela Kubak from Western, four-year-old Lovelyn Waka from West New Britain and six-year-old Bogil Awi from Eastern Highlands were among the 15.
Tapaua said only 15 open heart surgeries were conducted this year.
The international team of doctors departed last Sunday.
He said the focus was on training locals to take ownership of open heart surgeries.
The local team continued with the 16 closed heart surgeries on Monday, plus three surgeries a day until Saturday
He said the total number of open and closed heart surgeries this year should be 41 by the end of the week.
“This programme still needs help from community and especially the Government,” he said.
“The progress is that we are now taking the ownership.”
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