News releases

2017

Timor volunteer’s epic 60km swim for healthy hearts

7 March 2017

Melbourne marathon swimmer Paul Hoffman plans to swim the equivalent of two English Channels to help provide life-saving heart treatment for a young person from Timor-Leste (East Timor).

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International development leader named new CEO

1 February 2017

Seasoned international development program leader Stuart Thomson will join East Timor Hearts Fund this month as chief executive officer, board chair Ingrid Svendsen today announced.

“This appointment comes at a pivotal time for East Timor Hearts Fund,” Ms Svendsen said.

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New heart, hope and life for Alia – thanks Warrnambool

14 January 2017

Warrnambool cardiologist Dr Noel Bayley and Timorese teen Alia Borges have given a “heartfelt thank you” to people from Warrnambool and the south-west who supported a crowdfunding campaign to give Alia life-saving surgery in Australia.

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2016 

Landmark heart study to screen 1000 Timorese children

10 October 2016

A team of Australian cardiologists and other medical specialists is assembling in Dili, the capital of Timor-Leste (East Timor), ready to commence a landmark heart disease prevalence study.

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East Timor Hearts Fund goes national with new Sydney partners

14 August 2016

East Timor Hearts Fund is delighted to announce new partnerships with two leading New South Wales medical institutions, in a significant expansion of our program.

Recently signed agreements with Eastern Heart Clinic and Prince of Wales Private Hospitals, both in Randwick, will see nine patients treated in Sydney over the next three years.

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New board reflects skills and diversity

29 April 2016

The election of three new directors following a rigorous recruitment and selection process demonstrates continuing commitment to maintaining a high-skill and diverse board, East Timor Hearts Fund chair Ingrid Svendsen said.

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Australian surgery lets East Timorese nurse take heart

18 April 2016

East Timorese paediatric nurse Teresinha da Costa has had a unique experience of the Australian public health system, undergoing a life-saving heart procedure in Melbourne this month, courtesy of the medical aid charity East Timor Hearts Fund.

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Heart health squad comes to Timor-Leste

14 March 2016 

Hundreds of Timorese people in Maliana and Dili will have access to free specialist heart health checks this month as part of a program run by East Timor Hearts Fund, Australia’s only medical aid charity dedicated to providing life-saving heart surgery in Australia for young people from Timor-Leste. 

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East Timor Hearts Fund - Barwon Health partnership

3 February 2016

East Timor Hearts Fund is thrilled to welcome its latest major partner, Barwon Health, one of the largest and most comprehensive regional health services in Australia.

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Statement - Vale Manuel Ximenes

1 February 2016

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2014 

Timorese teen flies 4000k on a heartfelt mercy mission

27 July 2014

A Timorese heart patient who was critically ill and too weak to walk a block nine months ago has flown 4000k on a Run Melbourne mercy mission.

Teenager Nina Faria had a life-saving heart procedure in Melbourne late last, year provided by community-based

medical aid charity East Timor Hearts Fund. She returned this week, determined to run 10k to help other heart patients.

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Race against time to help teenage Timorese heart patient

15 July 2014

An Australian medical aid charity is in a race against time to bring a 14 year old East Timorese girl with critical

heart disease to Australia for life-saving heart surgery.

Darwin paediatric cardiologist Dr Bo Remenyi raised the alarm about Ana Clarita Freitas after examining her

during a medical mission to Timor-Leste (East Timor) last month. Dr Remenyi sought urgent help from East Timor

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Life-saving heart help a lesson in generosity for Timorese teacher

3 June 2014

Melburnians are rallying to help an East Timorese schoolteacher receive life-saving heart treatment.

Maths teacher and father of three Tomas Pinto is gravely ill with mitral stenosis. The heart valve condition is

easily treatable but not in Timor-Leste (East Timor), which lacks specialist cardiac facilities.

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Timorese boy’s new heart is ‘a dream come true’

 26 September 2014

A gravely ill 11 year old East Timorese boy is looking forward to riding his bike, playing soccer and returning to school after a life-saving heart procedure in Melbourne this week.

East Timor Hearts Fund, a community-based medical aid organisation, flew Jeca Periera to Australia for treatment after his critical mitral stenosis (narrowed heart valve) was confirmed by its volunteer medical team at a screening clinic in Dili last month.

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Timorese teen kicks goals after Aussie heart surgery

19 December 2014

Taking to the pitch with some of Australia’s top women footballers only a week after life-saving heart surgery is a dream come true for East Timorese teenager Melinda Freitas.

Today Melinda, 17, celebrated her return to good health with a friendly kick with Melbourne Victory Women’s captain Steph Catley and players Emma Checker, Gulcan Koca, Lisa De Vanna and Caitlin Friend.

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2013 

Heart op gives Timorese schoolgirl a sporting chance

4 November 2013

An East Timorese teenager who was gravely ill before a life-saving heart procedure in Melbourne last week is looking forward to playing volleyball.

East Timor Hearts Fund, a Warrnambool-based medical aid charity, arranged treatment for Joaninha da Silva Faria, 19, after its volunteer medical team identified her condition during clinics in Dili in August.

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Timorese patient 'lion-hearted' after life-saving surgery

26 June 2013

An East Timorese high school student is looking forward to returning to his studies following life-saving heart surgery in Australia.

Leonito Carlos 18, underwent double heart valve replacement surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital last week. His life-threatening condition was identified two months ago by a volunteer medical team from the community-based medical aid organisation East Timor Hearts Fund at a screening clinic in Dili.

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Aussie first heart procedure saves Timorese schoolgirl

For immediate release: 10 May 2013

A gravely ill 12 year old East Timorese girl is looking forward to returning to school and playing

with her friends after a life-saving heart procedure in Melbourne this week.

East Timor Hearts Fund, a community-based medical aid organisation, rushed Arminda Soares

to Australia for treatment after her desperate condition was identified by its volunteer medical

team at a clinic in Dili four weeks ago.

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2012 

Christmas comes early for East Timorese heart patient

19 December 2012

A young East Timorese mum will soon be reunited with her son and daughter following lifesaving surgery in Australia. Immaculada da Conceicao Gusmao, who turned 22 this month, is looking forward to a “normal life”, including running around with children Sequertazia Marcia, 4, and Globadino Marcel, 2, following heart valve replacement surgery at The Royal Melbourne Hospital this month.

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Lucky trifecta for East Timorese heart patients

20 January 2012

Three East Timorese women, including one that faced the prospect of dying in pregnancy or

childbirth, will return to their families next week after lifesaving heart surgery in Australia.

Leading cardiologist Professor Richard Harper, of MonashHeart, performed heart valve

procedures on all three women yesterday, after they were flown to Australia by the East Timor

Hearts Fund.

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2011 

New heart an early Christmas gift for East Timorese patient

15 December 2011

A 25-year-old East Timorese university student given life-saving heart surgery in Australia has spoken of his gratitude to Australian doctors and donors for giving him the opportunity to live and contribute to the development of his country.

Marciano Belo was flown to Australia by the medical aid organisation East Timor Hearts Fund earlier this month, and had a double heart valve replacement at Southern Health’s MonashHeart in Melbourne this week.

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2010 

East Timorese teen says thanks for the gift of life

8 October 2010

An East Timorese teenager given a lifesaving medical procedure in Australia today thanked her medical team and the Australian public for helping to save her life.

Flavia Lucilda Guterres, 19, is recuperating in Melbourne following a specialised heart procedure that has given her a second chance at life. Ms Guterres suffers from mitral stenosis, the narrowing of a heart valve that can lead to congestive heart failure.

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East Timorese teen's heartfelt thanks to Australia

6 December 2010

An East Timorese teenager who had only months to live due to a heart condition has thanked Australians who donated money for her airfare to Australia for lifesaving surgery.

Ursula de Carvalho Soares, 17, flew to Australia this week for a procedure to repair one of her heart valves at Southern Health’s Monash Heart.

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