Successful surgery helps Shirley shine

SHIRLEY Baratai-Ori is returning home to her children in Papua New Guinea a new person after life-changing surgery.

The mother of four, 34, has undergone ‘‘compassionate surgery’’ at John Hunter Hospital where surgeon Dr Cino Bendinelli removed a large thyroid goitre from her neck.

‘‘My family will be overjoyed my neck looks different,’’ Ms Baratai-Ori said. ‘‘Friends and people always notice the growth and ask me about it.’’

Ms Baratai-Ori is an administration officer for the nursing faculty at the University of Papua New Guinea.

She was in Australia for almost three weeks visiting the University of Newcastle for further training when a professor stepped in and organised free surgical treatment.

In her home country, Ms Baratai-Ori faced a wait of months or longer for an operation and there was a risk of cancer.

She had been living with the growth since 2009.

Dr Cino Bendinelli said the goitre was very large and causing Ms Baratai-Ori breathing trouble.

‘‘The surgery went very well,’’ he said.

Ms Baratai-Ori left Newcastle and flew back to her home town of Port Moresby at the weekend.

The mother of four, 34, has undergone ‘‘compassionate surgery’’ at John Hunter Hospital where surgeon Dr Cino Bendinelli removed a large thyroid goitre from her neck.

‘‘My family will be overjoyed my neck looks different,’’ Ms Baratai-Ori said. ‘‘Friends and people always notice the growth and ask me about it.’’

Ms Baratai-Ori is an administration officer for the nursing faculty at the University of Papua New Guinea.

She was in Australia for almost three weeks visiting the University of Newcastle for further training when a professor stepped in and organised free surgical treatment.

In her home country, Ms Baratai-Ori faced a wait of months or longer for an operation and there was a risk of cancer.

She had been living with the growth since 2009.

Dr Cino Bendinelli said the goitre was very large and causing Ms Baratai-Ori breathing trouble.

‘‘The surgery went very well,’’ he said.

Ms Baratai-Ori left Newcastle and flew back to her home town of Port Moresby at the weekend.

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