East Timor Hearts Fund
Australians supporting a healthy Timor Leste
East Timor Hearts Fund is a new medical aid charity providing life-saving heart surgery in Australia for young East Timorese people.
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Happy International Women's Day! Today it's worth reminding ourselves why women and girls are such a focus of our work. Many of our patients have rheumatic heart disease, damaged heart
valves caused by this childhood infection. For women, the risks are dire. If they become pregnant women with
advanced, untreated heart disease often die in labour. Tragically, usually the baby is lost also. We assist every patient we can, but we find it especially satisfying to provide heart surgery for
the many young Timorese women of childbearing age, because we know we often save two lives.
You can help. This International Women's Day make a tax deductible donation to support our work http://www.givenow.com.au/easttimorhearts
Remember little Arminda? She is our youngest patient ever. A
tiny, frail 12 year old, who had very little time to go when we flew her to Australia for a heart valve procedure at MonashHeart last
May. Well look at her now! Happy, healthy and with her whole life ahead of her. I Dili with our
volunteer medical team, Dr Noel was thrilled to meet up again with Arminda this week, and see her in such great health.
Read more of Arminda's story in The Sunday Age here and in the Success Stories page on our website.
Hi ETHF supporters and friends,
I am in Dili at present undertaking screening clinics at our local partner Bairo Pite Clinic, with Deakin medical students Steph and James, and board member Julie Kean. Julie has made the very busy clinics on Friday and Saturday run like clockwork. Another scheduled for Monday, looking to be very busy indeed!
Our board chair, Ingrid Svendsen, also came to Dili to help out.
We had the real delight of seeing a number of our operated patients, including Leonito and Marciano, both recipients of two new valves, a major, life changing procedure, and both doing very well indeed, back to normal lives. Plus lots of beneficiaries of less formidable but equally beneficial procedures. Seeing them so healthy and happy really makes it all worthwhile.
This is all possible because you support us...so take a bow.
More news soon.
Dr Noel Bayley,
honorary medical adviser, East Timor Hearts Fund
East Timor Hearts Fund
ABN: 59 160 158 074