Our unsung hero

Fatima and Joanina

Having heart surgery is stressful enough at the best of times, but when you are travelling overseas and don't speak the language, it's even more so. That's why all of our patients are accompanied by a multi-lingual health worker, who flies to Australia with them and stays by their side throughout. Health worker Fatima Mendonca, from our partner in Dili Bairo Pite Clinic, is accompanying our latest patient Joanina Faria, who will be having a heart valve procedure at MonashHeart in Melbourne tomorrow. Fati is one of the unsung heroes of our operation; we are very grateful for her assistance.

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