An update from Dr Noel
I'm delighted to report that Nelson’s mitral balloon, performed by Professor Roger Allan and Dr Virag Kushwala at the Eastern Heart Clinic in Sydney has gone extremely well. Nelson is now recovering well at Prince of Wales Private Hospital.
As a result of the procedure we have seen a dramatic fall in the pressure across the valve, and the consequent back pressure on his lungs, the cause of his disabling symptoms.
Nelson will be discharged from hospital today, and back to East Timor, transformed, next week.
Our thanks to the team, including volunteer medical team member, Sydney cardiologist Simon Eggleton. Simon saw Nelson at our clinics in Dili earlier in the year, and worked hard to arrange for his treatment in Australia.
This is a milestone for East Timor Hearts Fund, as Nelson is our first case outside Victoria.
We're delighted it went so well.
Dr Noel Bayley
Honorary medical adviser