A CARING Upton nurse travelled half way around the world to help children in need of vital operations.
Mary Sullivan, of Greenacre Road, made the trip to the Spitalul Clininc De Copll hospital in Brasov, Romania, and assisted 21 operations to help babies and children with cleft palates.
The 61-year-old went on the trip last month with three colleagues from Methley Park Hospital in Leeds, and worked 12-hour days in theatre.
She said: “I feel proud that we could do something to help these children that would not have received the modern techniques and treatment we have.”
She described one child, Livinia, a four-month-old orphan and said after the operation the difference was phenomenal.
She said: “It’s so rewarding making a difference to these children’s lives. It makes you realise how lucky we are.”
Mrs Sullivan embarked on the trip as she has been a qualified nurse for 30 years and wanted to give something back.
The trip was funded, for the last time, by The Populars Church Charity.
Mrs Sullivan is planning another visit for next June but will have to pay £800 to get there. If any businesses, or individuals would like to sponsor her, contact her on 01977 647035.