She’s ‘over the moon’

Taware Marisela with her son, Jacob Prasad, 4, at the Sri Satya Sai Sanjeevani Children's Hospital in Nasese, Suva on Friday, February 04, 2023. Picture: JONACANI LALAKOBAU

Her heart sank when she doctors told more than four years ago that her three-month-old son had a hole in his heart.

Today, Taware Marisera is over the moon.

Taware Marisera said Jacob Prasad had suddenly fallen sick after experiencing chest pains from coughing.

Ms Marisera said Jacob was then taken for an echo-cardiogram when she was told her son had congenital heart disease (CHD).

As a result of the work of a 17-member surgery team from Sri Sathya Sai Sanjeevani Hospital in India, the five-year-old can now live a normal life.

Ms Marisera was over the moon to see her son so full of life and chatty.

“When I learned that Jacob had a hole in his heart, I was devastated just like any parent would be,” she said.

“I am so overwhelmed to see Jacob running around and playing again. There are no words to describe how happy I am.

“As a mother, I was scared because he was so young and had to undergo surgery but I just prayed and asked God to protect Jacob.”

Ms Marisera thanked the team from the Hospital and Sai Prema Foundation who have been conducting free screening and open heart surgeries for her son’s new life.

“They have been wonderful since the moment we arrived last week until Jacob’s discharge from the hospital today (Saturday).

“I advise all parents to take advantage of the free screening that is being done here at the hospital because you may never know your child could be also suffering from CHD.”

Twenty-two surgeries have been successfully completed by the medical team.

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