New patient Leonito arrives tomorrow!

We're pretty excited here at East Timor Hearts Fund HQ because tomorrow morning our latest patient, Leonito Carlos, arrives!
Leonito and trusty companion Alarico from Bairo Pite Clinic are travelling overnight from Dili and will arrive in the morning.
Volunteer Ronan, from our sponsor Macquarie Telecom, will be meeting the boys at the airport (with some nice winter woollies which we are sure will be much appreciated). Thanks Ronan!
Leonito is having a double valve replacement at Royal Melbourne Hospital this week,with surgeon Macro Larobina.
Leonito, a secondary school student, is one of the patients identified by Dr Noel and our volunteer medical team (including Deakin University med student Natasha Vasudeva, pictured with Leonito) during clinics in Dili in April.
His condition is criticial. He's been living with debilitating symptoms for years. As he explained: "Because I have heart disease, it makes me feel stressed and I don’t feel happy in my life. Every day I feel breathless. I have chest pain when I take a breath, shortness of breath and sometimes I feel like my heart is going to explode."
This operation will mean a radical improvement to Leonito's quality of life, and peace of mind for him and his family.
We'll keep you posted with more news about Leonito so please watch out for updates.

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