The term ‘What a small world’ proved an unbelievable reality for one doctor at the Northern Provincial Hospital (NPH) at Luganville in Santo this week.
Dr. Thomas Sala, the resident gynecologist, at NPH, performed a caesarian operation on a young mother and removed a healthy baby girl, unbeknown to him that the mother had a similar link to him from several years back.
Dr. Sala said he was shocked, after the operation, when the young mother surprised him by saying to him that he had performed the same operation on her mother in 1996 and she was successfully delivered.
“I couldn’t believe it. I was shocked when the mother reminded me that she was the baby girl I delivered in 1996 through a similar saesarian when I operated on her mother.
“I did not know this information before the operation so I was pleasantly shocked to learn of this after the operation,” Dr. Sala said on the phone to the Daily Post from Santo.
“I operated (caesarean section) on Margret Willie, the mother of the young mother, Roslyn Willie, on 22 February, 1996 and delivered her daughter, Roslyn, at the Vila Central Hospital.
“On 16 May, 2018, at the Northern Provincial Hospital, I operated on Roslyn and delivered her baby girl, Noella Bong. Small world!” Dr. Sala remarked on his email to the Daily Post.
The family from Tongoa used to live in Port Vila but moved to Santo where Roslyn is now working at the Bred Bank in Luganville.