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Life saving surgery turns into a lifetime bond for 2 families

Life saving surgery turns into a lifetime bond for 2 families

By Alipate Narawa
Tuesday 14/03/2023
Anne Bajata with baby Emmalyn Mason and Savaira Kalokalo

A lifetime bond has been formed by Anne Bajata and Savaira Kalokalo’s family after accommodating them for the last couple of weeks.

Bajata who is from the Solomon Islands was recently in Fiji with her 18-month-old daughter for surgery at the Sai Prema Children’s Heart Hospital.

Bajata discovered her daughter Emmalyn Mason had a problem with her heart when she was just 8-months-old.

Bajata, her sister and daughter have been staying with Savaira Kalokalo and her family for the last couple of weeks while Emmalyn was getting her screening done and finally her surgery which was successfully completed.

The connection between the two is through Savaira’s sister-in-law, Ana, who attended the Fiji School of Medicine with Bajata a few years ago.

The two were in contact in regards to Bajata making the trip to Fiji but they did not have anywhere to stay so Ana suggested contacting her sister-in-law in Fiji.

Savaira says when she received the call from Ana she did not hesitate and agreed to look after them.

Bajata says not only is she thankful to the staff and especially the doctors that operated on her Emmalyn at Sai Prema Children’s Heart Hospital but also to Savaira and her family for taking them in.

She also says she is grateful to the Solomon Islands Students Medical Association of FNU for donating blood for Emmalyn’s surgery.

There are already plans being made by the women for Bajata to reciprocate the gesture as Savaira says now that she has a place to stay in Honiara she will be attending the Pacific Games in November.

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