Australian open-heart surgery volunteers in Tonga

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Open Heart International (OHI) sent a team of 35 medical professionals to perform open-heart surgery on locals with rheumatic heart disease in Tonga. The team recognise the importance of their volunteer work and hope to return every year. Pediatrician Dr Toakase Fakavikaetau said that the average cost of bringing volunteer team is the same as sending three patients to have the same surgery overseas. 

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