Animal Protection Society welcomes much-needed donation

The Animal Protection Society (A.P.S.) was the lucky recipient of a much-needed donation of surgical instruments from Sydney's Liverpool Hospital on Friday.

A member of the hospital's dermatology department nursing staff, Catherine Kelly, who travelled with the equipment said she was hopeful that Samoa could find use for some of the under-utilised medical equipment at the Australian clinic.

"We had plenty of instruments that we had in the clinic that weren’t used and we couldn’t use them in the hospital," she said.

"As I am coming here to Samoa I thought maybe the people of Samoa could use these instruments."

Kelly at first traveled to Samoa to visit her son but ended up finding time to do a good deed for the animals as well. 

After spending a week in Samoa, she leaves tomorrow.

"My son lives here and works here and I asked if anyone could use them and with this wonderful establishment that does wonders for the people of Samoa, so we donated them here," she said. 

The President of the Animal Protection Society, Dr. Joan Macfarlane, expressed appreciation on behalf of the Society for the donated equipment. 

"On behalf of A.P.S thank you very much, these things always come in handy, so thank you for thinking of A.P.S.," she said. 

Dr. Harriet Thornton also added that the donation's timing was propitious. 

"I was just about to order some more, so donations like this are really useful because they can be quite expensive to buy and then we have to wait [for it] to be imported from overseas."

The donation comes a few weeks after A.P.S. conducted a successful de-sexing clinic out at Fasito'o Uta, operating on a total of 51 pets which was well above their preset target of 40 operations. 

The dermatology department of the Australian Hospital donated six Mayo-Hegar TC needle holders 18 cm, six dressing scissors sharp/blunt straight 18cm, six metzanbaum-TC dissecting scissors curved 18 cm, and six adson tissue forceps 15 cm.

After spending a week in Samoa, Kelly leaves this week.

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