A grateful heart

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THANK YOU: Mother Joyce Iliganoa Leota and Baby Matauaina.

THANK YOU: Mother Joyce Iliganoa Leota and Baby Matauaina.

Baby Matauaina, who left Samoa for an emergency operation in New Zealand for a congenital heart disease, returned home this week with a grateful heart, for the support from the Little Angels Foundation of New Zealand.

In April this year, the parents of the 4-month old Baby Matauaina at the time, sought S.V.S.G’s support for the mother’s airfare, so she could accompany her child for a life-saving operation in New Zealand.  

Through the Little Angels Foundation, S.V.S.G was able to help this child and her family.

Baby Matauaina had her open heart surgery on 20 April 2017 at the New Zealand Starship Hospital and it was successful.  

She was then in a recovery period for three months with relatives in New Zealand.  

She is now 7 months old and is a beautiful little girl, full of life.

Visiting the S.V.S.G office, the grateful mother Joyce Iliganoa Leota, thanked the Little Angels Foundation for its contribution in saving Baby Matauaina’s life.  

 “Thank you so much to the Little Angels Foundation and to Samoa Victim Support Group for enabling me to accompany my child during her operation.  As a mother, I am grateful to God and to you all for your support,” she said.

The Little Angels Foundation, working in partnership with S.V.S.G to help children from underprivileged families, stepped in, and paid for the mother’s airfare.  

In addition, S.V.S.G received donations from Lisa Sutton, Gaylene Rowe and a Guest Donor on S.V.S.G’s Givealittle page, which was presented to the mother before they departed.

S.V.S.G President, Siliniu Lina Chang, acknowledged with gratitude the support from the Director and the supporters of the Little Angels Foundation, for continuing to help the children of Samoa in need, through its partnership with SVSG.  

“I would also like to say thank you to all those who donated via the Givealittle page, for the heart to help Baby Matauaina,” she said.

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