When 35-year-old Ni Van paramedic trainee Jerome Sese suffered a heart attack recently, P&O Cruises’ guests played a part in saving his life through their contributions to the guest-funded P&O Pacific Partnership.
With combined support from the Partnership and P&O itself, Jerome is now on the path to a full recovery following cardiac surgery so that he can resume his work with ProMedical Vanuatu providing emergency ambulance care for local communities.
It was a case of one Ni Van life being saved in a health emergency so that others in a similar situation in the future might also be saved.
“Jerome helps people in emergencies -- he works hard to save others so it was important to give one of our own the same benefit in his own time of need,” said ProMedical Vanuatu’s Acting National Operations Manager Michael Benjamin.
“In Santo, Jerome is the local face of ProMedical where he is hugely respected by the community for his tireless work and his striving to improve himself through his diploma studies as a paramedic and through self-learning.
“It is an experience that has and will continue to have a positive influence on Jerome, the ProMedical team and the community in general.”
Jerome is one of seven Ni Van paramedic trainees being supported by the P&O Pacific Partnership in their studies for a paramedicine diploma through Emergency Australia – the Partnership’s overall funding comes from a one dollar donation from each adult P&O guest.
“There is a real sense that in helping to save Jerome’s life, the lives of others in Vanuatu might also be saved as he continues his paramedic training and service,” said P&O Cruises Australia President Sture Myrmell.
“The P&O Pacific Partnership’s support for Jerome and his fellow paramedic trainees highlights our connection to Vanuatu where our ships have been visiting for decades. Our guests through the Partnership are helping improve the lives of Ni Van people.
Jerome looks forward to returning to duty in Santo. “I love doing this job to help others – it is a way I can help the community and people around the islands of Vanuatu.”