Our patient Sebastiana is blooming with good health and feeling on top of the world, as she prepares to return home to Timor-Leste tomorrow.

Our dedicated patient support volunteers Ana and Inacio have been hard at work, ensuring that the mum of two has some happy memories to take home, along with her newly healthy heart. So far Sebastiana and health support worker/interpreter Ima have enjoyed lunch and sightseeing in the Melbourne’s Dandenong Ranges, and a visit to the city, including time at St Patrick’s Cathedral for prayers to ancestors to mark All Soul’s Day.

“I could never thank enough or ever repay East Timor Hearts Fund, all the medical team at Monash Health and everyone involved for what you have done. But I know that God is gracious and is there in all that you do,” Sebastiana told us.

“I feel extremely blessed that now I am able to walk, even long distances like today, without feeling tired and short of breath. I feel so much better. I am looking forward to going back to my family with a new heart.

“May you continue to do the amazing work you do. Thank you and God bless you all.”

There’s nothing that we find more rewarding than helping to transform the lives our patients and their families. Sincere thanks to our friends Monash Health and MonashHeart, in particular Professor Richard Harper, who skilfully carried out Sebastiana’s mitral balloon procedure, and MonashHeart director Professor Stephen Nicholls, for his tremendous support. Thanks are also due to our hard-working patient support volunteers Ana and Inacio, and health support worker/interpreter Ima from our in-country partner Maluk Timor, who has been a reassuring presence by Sebastiana’s side during her time in Australia.

And of course, we cannot do what we do without the generosity of our supporters. Your donation can help us mend another broken heart like Sebastiana’s.

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