Two Tickets for the Journey of Hope
Vecernje Novosti (Evening News)
June 5, 2001
Belgrade, Yugoslavia

Djordje Vukic (10) and Valentina Buskovic (7) are leaving for Leipzig today where they will have difficult heart interventions. Thanks to Prof. Dr. Mihaila Vucinic's personal engagement, fourteen more children will have been operated upon by the end of the year.
Belgrade Humaneness is stronger than illness for two refugee children. Djordje Vukic and Valentina Boskovic are leaving today where they will have difficult heart interventions. It is a long journey, maybe too long, but hope is even greater. Difficult temptations are waiting for the sick children. It is important for them to endure and overcome their illness and return to the country as the winners---healthy.

Thanks to Prof. Dr. Mihailo Vukovic's personal engagement, who is our well known cardio surgeon, Djordje and Valentina will be operated by the best experts in cardio surgery at the University of Leipzig. The children have serious heart damages and the only way for their salvation is heart surgery. Valentina has congenital malformation of the heart. Djordje suffers from pulmonary stenosis. He was operated two years ago but the operation was not very successful.

We are planning to send fourteen sick refugee children to Leipzig by the end of the year, say Dr. Vucinic. Staying and treatment are paid by the institutions in Leipzig, Germany whereas the journey for the children and the doctor is paid by the well-known family Rushdoony* who have been our sponsors for several years. The children's mothers are supposed to pay only plane tickets.
According to Dr. Milan Djukic, a cardio surgeon at Children's University clinic in Tirsova Street in Belgrade, who will escort Valentina and Djordje, seven month old Andjela Lukic and an eight year old Djordje Maksimovic, who are also the refugees from Bosnia, are leaving for Monaco in two days.+

*Representing The Macedonian Outreach

+All four returned home later in the month having successfully undergone their heart surgeries.