Ken has life-saving surgery

Ken with cardiologist Doctor Forsey

Ken lives with his family in a remote village in the Solomon Islands where they have no running water or electricity. He was born prematurely at 6 months so he was taken by canoe to a clinic and then transported to hospital, where he spent the next 3 months. However, over time, his heart started to fail. Sydney cardiologist Dr James Weaver, who was visiting the Solomon Islands, saw 14-year-old Ken in January 2017 and was concerned he would not survive much longer without treatment. He referred him to ROMAC. Ken was flown to Sydney for major heart surgery at the Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick in May. His operation went well under the care of cardiologist Doctor Forsey and he returned to the Solomon Islands to attend school, play soccer with his friends and enjoy a happy, healthy life.

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