Friends, we are so happy to let you know that Leonito Carlos continues to make a great recovery. The Dili secondary school student had double valve replacement surgery last Wednesday. He has bounced back from the open heart surgery beautifully and tomorrow he will be discharged from hospital. All going well, he'll return to East Timor with his new heart and health next week.
As you can see from our photo (by volunteer photographer Josh Crupi) he's understandably all smiles now, and a picture of good health.
Again we thank surgeon Marco Larobina and the team at Royal Melbourne Hospital - your skill and care have been magnificent.
But of course we could never get our patients to hospital in the first place without the support of all of you - ordinary Australians who believe in sharing the lucky country's good fortune.
If you would like to make a gift to help patients like Leonito before the end of the financial year there is still time. Please pop by our secure online fundraising page www.givenow.com.au/easttimorhearts or check our website for other options www.easttimorheartsfund.org.au/get-involved/