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Parents of NZ heart kids ‘petrified’ system can’t cope

11 July 2019 Radio New Zealand - Michelle Cook

Parents of children with severe heart conditions have written to the health minister, telling him the country’s paediatric cardiac service is in crisis.

They say their children’s open-heart surgeries were often delayed – in some cases up to eight times – because there weren’t enough surgeons, beds or resources.

Starship Hospital is the only hospital in the country where open-heart surgery on children is performed. Families fly into Auckland from all over New Zealand for their children’s surgery, but they say surgeries are constantly delayed, causing them emotional and financial stress.

Four parents, with the support of 60 others, have written a letter to Health Minister David Clark expressing their concerns.

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