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SAVING A LIFE: A Tokelauan patient being transferred from the Nafanua Ship to the Ship Fasefulu.A Tokelauan mother has the Ministry of Health and health workers from Samoa to thank for her life.

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The woman, whose name is withheld for medical reasons, is recovering well after a rescue mission conducted on Thursday by the hospital’s Senior Registrar, Obstetrics and Gynaecology Department, Ulai Dr. Tapa Fidow and the ships Nafanua and Fasefulu.

Speaking to the Sunday Samoan, Ulai said the mother had some maternal complications and the Tokelau Hospital couldn’t operate on her.

So they had to bring her over to Samoa by boat.

They managed to save her, he said.

“We went on the boat and we transferred the patient from one boat to another,” he said. “It’s very dangerous but all the credit should go to Nafanua and also [the] ship Fasefulu.

Dr. Fidow was unable to go into specifics about the patient.

He said she is a mother of six, which he and another doctor went to save.

“This rescue mission managed to save this lady’s life,” he said.

“We brought her here and we operated on her on that same day and the mother is recovering very well now.”

He thanked everyone involved in the effort to save the woman, including the Tokelauan Office, the Ministry of Police, the Nafanua, the skipper and his crew and the National Health Services.

“She will be here for a few days and then return to Tokelau.”

 

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