UPDATE: 19 February 2018: Thanks to all of the generous people who supported Operation GoodHearts, our volunteer surgical team is about to leave for Timor-Leste. Check our website for more information, and our Facebook page for updates!
Early in the new year East Timor Hearts Fund is running our first paediatric heart surgery mission to Timor-Leste, Operation GoodHearts.
Until now, we’ve been bringing patients one by one to Australia for surgery.
Now, for the first time, we’re sending a volunteer team of surgeons, anaesthetists and specialist nurses to Timor-Leste.
The Operation GoodHearts team will work alongside their Timorese colleagues at Guido Valadares National Hospital for five days. They’ll operate on up to 15 children, performing keyhole surgery to repair congenital heart defects. After surgery, these children can go on to live normal, healthy lives.
While our generous partner Northern Oil and Gas Australia is contributing most of the funding, we still need to raise $10,000 to pay for the equipment our medical team will need.
This festive season we are asking our supporters to give these Timorese children and families the best Christmas gift of all – a healthy future.
If you're as excited as we are about the chance to mend so many broken hearts, restoring health and optimism to these children and families, please click the green "give now" button on this page to make a tax deductible donation.