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Monday, 3 April 2006

Sydney Children’s Hospital give baby Maria new hope

Doctors at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick have responded to cries for help by doctors in East Timor to save two-month-old Maria.

Moved by the plight of the little girl, who featured in today’s Sydney Morning Herald, doctors at the Hospital immediately offered their services.

With the help of ROMAC, Maria will be flown from East Timor to Sydney where she will undergo surgery to repair the hole in her heart.

“This is a potentially curative operation, we have the skills and expertise here at the Hospital and we already work closely with ROMAC, so it’s natural we’d like to assist,” said Sydney Children’s Hospital Executive Director, Prof Les White.

“Maria’s case has highlighted how the expertise at Sydney Children’s Hospital, Randwick can be called upon to meet the needs for interstate and overseas children.”

Maria will arrive in Australia once visa processes are finalised.

For Further Information Contact:

Kylie Rafferty, Public Affairs Department, Tel: (02) 9382 3571 - Mob: 0411 730 842

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