Melinda's mum Olinda is thrilled with the transformation in her daughter, less than a week after her heart surgery.
"I can't believe that my daughter is a different person now," Olinda told us. "She is now able to walk without feeling breathless, her appetite is back and she does not fell tired like before.
"From the bottom of my heart, my family and I would like to thank ETHF, the surgeons, doctors, all the staff at Royal Melbourne Hospital and everyone that has made this possible.
"We don't have much to give but we've bought small gifts for ETHF from Timor, tais and postcards for Christmas that I've helped to assemble.
"Happy Christmas and a prosperous new year to you all and may God bless you always!
"Obrigada Barak (thank you so much)!
"Please continue to do the amazing work you are doing!"
Thank you for the beautiful gifts Olinda, we are very touched.
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