Following tests and a biopsy of a tumour at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Institute in Melbourne, Australia, Mrs Sword-Gusmao was advised to undergo surgery which will occur soon.
Mrs Sword-Gusmao was quoted as saying that she is feeling strong and optimistic and has the love and support of vast numbers of friends and family members.
Mrs Sword-Gusmao is famous for her role in East Timor's struggle for independence and it is with deep regret that we have learnt of her illness. We wish her the very best in her treatment and hope that she has a swift and comfortable recovery. Author: ETLJB Editor