Lautoka hospital

Twenty years ago I was a patient at Lautoka hospital. Today we visited and had a look around.

Twenty years ago, on June 23, 1989, I was enjoying the last day of my family’s trip in Fiji.  We had taken the “Coral Coast railway”, an old sugar-cane train converted into a tourist excursion train, to the beautiful Natadola beach.  While bodysurfing there, I broke my neck.  As my father’s story indicates, I ended up at the hospital in Lautoka.  Although my parents returned there a few years later, to deliver a container-full of donated medical equipment, I myself had never been back. Indeed, even on the first visit I had never seen anything other than the ceilings ;-).

Lautoka hospital, main entrance. Fiji.

Today we stopped by for a visit, and simply asked to look around.  The staff was very polite and friendly, and we had no problem wandering the halls and peeking into the wards.  I felt a little intrusive so I took only a few photos.

The ICU at Lautoka hospital, Fiji.

In the Tragedy subsection of the 1989 blog post, my father (Jack) wrote about me (Dave), my brother (Pete), and my mother (Katie). It’s a long but compelling read.


This post was transferred from MobileMe to WordPress in 2021, with an effort to retain the content as close to the original as possible; I recognize that some comments may now seem dated or some links may now be broken.

Author: dfkotz

David Kotz is an outdoor enthusiast, traveller, husband, and father of three. He is also a Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College.

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