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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Today we bid a fond farewell to Agripino (and trusty companion Lourenco from Bairo Pite Clinic). It's been an exciting fortnight in
Australia (including heart surgery and getting up close and personal with some kangaroos) but Agripino was understandably looking forward to getting home to his young family.
Before he left he told us: Thank you ETHF, Royal Melbourne Hospital staff and everyone that has helped me and the previous patients. You've giving us a second chance in life. May God bless you all! Obrigadu barak!"
Our cardiologists and surgeons are amazing, but we never doubt the healing powers of a good bowl of Agua-Sal ikan (Timorease fish soup). In this case made by our patient support coordinator Ana
Saldanha. Agripino, who had heart surgery at Royal Melbourne Hospital on Wednesday, continues to make a great recovery. While he
was more interested in the soup than chatting, he did pause to say: "I am feeling so much better. Better then yesterday. I can't believe I was able to walk on my own this morning and without
feeling tired and breathless! The nurses and doctors are really nice and so caring. Thank you all once again."
Agripino is out of ICU following yesterday's heart surgery and already well enough to be asking our patient support coordinator Ana for Timorese fish soup!
Agripino works on a coffee plantation to support his family and said his heart disease made every day a struggle. Now he is confident of a normal life.
"I feel like a new person already! I can breathe so much easier now, and don't feel so tired," he told Ana.
"I am looking forward to going back home to play with my one year old son.
"Thank you so much for giving me a second chance in life. I am forever grateful for everything that ETHF and everyone involved has done for me, and the previous patients
"Thank you ETHF, Royal Melbourne Hospital staff and everyone that has helped save my life. May God bless you all!"
And thanks to you, our supporters, whose generosity allows us to help patients like Agripino.
East Timor Hearts Fund
ABN: 59 160 158 074