Hannan Potane's Medical Appeal

Hannan Potane's Medical Appeal

From Bernadette Potane

Hannan desperately needs lifesaving heart surgery which is not available in PNG. We need to raise $55,000 AUD to ensure that this beautiful young woman can fulfil her dreams of becoming a doctor.

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Hannan Potane is 16 year old from Webag, Enga Province, Papua New Guinea. She is the oldest of four children. She is a wonderful young woman who is open minded, caring and compassionate towards her family members, friends and fellow man.

Hannan was thirteen years old when she was first diagnosed with valvular heart disease after presenting with symptoms of heart failure, including shortness of breath, elevated heart rate, paleness of skin and swelling in her hands and feet.

Hannan has always been committed to school and church activities. Her ability to participate in these activities has been significantly impacted since her diagnosis and she has not been able to enjoy the life a teenage girl should.

Before she became ill, Hannan enjoyed running and swimming and was a Youth Leader at her Church where she led and participated in drama, skits, creative dance and singing activities. She can no longer do any of these things. Despite her inability to actively participate in Church activities, Hannan continues to attend Church and observe Youth group activities when she can.

In addition, Hannan’s condition has become so serious that she has had to withdraw from her Grade 9 studies at Caritas Secondary School, whilst she awaits surgery. Hannan is in constant pain and discomfort and is unable to even lie down without suffering shortness of breath.

Hannan has been on a cocktail of medication since her diagnosis 3 years ago to assist in stabilising her condition, but the only cure is surgery. Depending on the day Hannan can expect to take between 6-15 different tablets/medications to stave off infection and complications from her condition. These medications have ongoing side effects including nausea, vomiting etc.

The PNG health system is not equip to provide Hannan with the lifesaving surgery she needs, so we need your help to raise AUD$55,000 so that Hannan can get the surgery she needs overseas. The longer we wait for surgery the higher the risk of total heart failure increases.

Please help us to give Hannan the life she deserves. She is a wonderful young woman who through her illness and many hospitalisations, desperately wants to recommence her studies with the hope of helping others by becoming a Doctor.

Donations can also be made via direct deposit to:

Bank of South Pacific

Hannan Potane Medical Appeal Account

BSB: 088-968, Account: 7017117198

Thank you and God Bless you.

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