A team of doctors from India has successfully performed 16 open - heart surgeries at the Colonial War Memorial Hospital in Fiji's capital city of Suva, a media report said.
The surgeries were performed by a team of specialists brought from India by the Fiji - based Sahyadri Specialty Pacific Hospital Limited, The Fiji Times Online reported on Monday.
Project coordinator Durdamya Munibhargav said that 24 patients were initially booked for the life - saving surgeries but eight did not turn up.
"Of the 16 operated on, two were Nauruans and the rest were Fijians of Indian descent, " he said.
Munibhargav expressed gratitude on the success of the surgeries and thanked another Indian Nikhil Ghodke for bringing much - needed injections from India to Fiji to keep the surgeries going.