How one operation saves two lives. Happy International Women's Day!

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

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