From the Chairperson of VOSO:
Regarding a recent article about a Fijian patient who was seen in Christchurch for surgery after experiencing complications during a cataract operation in Fiji, I would like to thank Dr Every and the Directors of Christchurch Eye Surgery for providing the surgery and theatre to help this lady.
VOSO paid for her airfares from Fiji to Christchurch and back so that she could have the surgery to treat the complications experienced during the surgery in Fiji.
I would like to add that VOSO neither condones nor agrees with the comments made in the article by Dr Every. Our surgical and medical teams work closely with the local hospitals and surgeons in the Pacific and feel that they do a great job, given the conditions and surgical resources that they have there. There are risks with every type of surgery, including cataract operations, and this lady unfortunately developed one of them during the procedure on her only eye. We are pleased that she was able to see Dr Every and has had a favourable outcome as a result.