Dr Lillian Ihari is a final year registrar and a medical officer in the Accident and Emergency Department at Popondetta Hospital. She was born in the hospital in 1986 where her father worked as a radiographer.
Bishop David Hand, who was to become the first Anglican Archbishop of PNG, became her foster grandfather following the death of her father. Lillian grew up under his strict but kind guidance. He suffered from cardiac problems, one of the reasons that she decided upon a medical career. The influence of her foster grandfather resulted in Lillian attending Port Moresby Grammar School and then the International School. This was made possible due to assistance from the local RSL sub branch.
Lillian completed an introductory science course at the University of PNG and then entered medical school where she spent the next five years. Her early years as a registrar were spent at Port Moresby General Hospital. Lillian is passionate about helping people and saving lives. She hopes one day to be a surgeon.