The visit by the President of Malta, George Vella, to the UK continued as he met with patients and their relatives who are living in the Puttinu apartments in Sutton. At the moment there are 19 families living here. The apartments have been hosting Maltese patients and their relatives since 2004 in Martin Court and from 2013 in Puttinu House in Cheam Road.
One of the youngest patients undergoing treatment is Mason Attard. He is one year and eight months old, and from being on the brink of death, his mother Daniela said that her son has now taken a turn for the better, and in a few weeks will be returning to Malta.
Daniela said, “in February we managed to take Mason on holiday for the first time, and when we spoke with the doctor he told us that there is the possibility that we can start preparing to take Mason back home. Obviously his condition is what it is, in other words, he has not been cured, but his treatment is manageable at home.”
Mason was born with a serious condition and the life of the Attard family was turned upside down when they had to pack up everything and come to live in London.
Daniela said, “it is not easy because you have to leave everything behind, the family and your work and start a new life. But you do everything for your children and God forbid you don’t find the help we have here because in Puttinu and the Malta Community Chest Fund, you find people who really help and support you.”
In Sutton, south London, there are two homes which are managed by Puttinu Cares. Patients and their relatives who spend some time here are also helped financially by the MCCFF.
The First Lady, Miriam Vella said, “there is a great need for the Maltese and Gozitan people to continue helping us because without them we cannot help these people. Maybe if it has never happened to you, you cannot realise what you might need. One day it’s me and the next day it could be you. That is why we need a lot of funding.”
Speaking with TVM, Mrs Vella said that her personal experience during this visit to London is something she will always cherish. Meanwhile in London, Dr Vella also visited two other hospitals where Maltese patients are receiving treatment. At Moorfields Eye Hospital, 23 Maltese patients have been treated since the beginning of this year. The President also visited King’s College Hospital where 13 Maltese patients have been treated and three others are awaiting a liver transplant.