We're excited here at ETHF HQ, and it's not because of a horse race!
Later today our latest patient Bete arrives. Bete is a mum of three and a sports teacher - but in recent years she hasn't been able to work or enjoy her passion for soccer and volleyball because of worsening symptoms from a "hole in the heart" condition she was born with. In a western country, Bete's condition would have been diagnosed and treated in infancy, but because of a lack of specialist cardiac care in Timor-Leste, Bete has had to live with increasing breathlessness, pain and worry.
When I get better, I would like to look after my children and continue to do my teaching,” Bete told us. “I would like to say thank you very much to the doctors, donors, and everyone who is involved.”
Our patient support volunteers are planning a warm welcome for Bete. We'll update you soon!