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5 Apr 06 | 4 Apr 06

Read more about Maria Soares here, and visit the photo gallery of Maria and other patients who need life-saving surgery.


April 5 2006: Today doctors at Dili National Hospital examined Maria and she will also been examined by a pediatrician tonight. They will then provide more clinical information about Maria?s condition to the hospital in Sydney. Following this we will be waiting for the hospital in Sydney to confirm that they will undertake the operation in order for the travel visas to be granted.

We continue to work to process passports for Maria and Lorencia. Like many Timorese, Lorencia does not have a birth certificate. This afternoon the Bairo Pite Clinic councilor has been assisting the family in this process.

Maria's family are still overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity shown. Once again, the staff at the Bairo Pite Clinic join them in sending our sincerest thanks to those who are helping.

Best wishes,
Virginia Dawson

April 4 2006: Firstly we wish to thank everyone for the generous responses which we have received for Maria's Operation after the newspaper articles by Lindsay Murdoch. We are inspired by the generosity everyone has expressed and excited about the opportunity to make this happen!

I have just been with Maria and she is fairly stable. She was coughing last night but was able to sleep well. Her parents are overwhelmed by the response to the articles! They are a little nervous about traveling to a land so far away and so different from East Timor but enormously grateful that their baby has been given this chance.

ROMAC have offered to assist us to organize the operation. They run an extensive program helping children from developing countries to gain surgery in Australia and are very experienced in this area. The Sydney Children?s Hospital have offered to provide the operation and a surgeon has offered to donate his services. On the ground, we are currently in the process of attempting to gain passports and visas for Maria and her mother and anticipate this may take a week.

We wish to thank everyone who has donated money towards the operation. Donations received above the costs of Maria's operation will be used to create a fund for other patients from East Timor who require lifesaving operations overseas. Unfortunately this is not an isolated incident and we have a list of patients requiring surgery.

On this note, we have received offers from other hospitals and surgeons to perform Maria?s operation. We are extremely grateful for these offers and would love to make use of them! As I said there are many more patients waiting for lifesaving operations. If your hospital has the ability to donate similar operations please contact us!

I would also like to thank those who have offered rooms in their houses for Maria and her family while they are in Australia and also for those who have given their time to lobby hospitals. We are truly touched by such generosity.

We will endeavor to keep everyone informed about Maria and hopefully will be able to update our website in the next few days.

Once again we would like to give a sincere thank you to you all from the Bairo Pite Clinic, Maria and her family.
Best wishes,
Virginia Dawson.

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