Collections and fund-raising centred on St John’s Cathedral in Norwich where orthopaedic surgeon John Nolan, who led the operation carried out by a team of volunteers at the Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital, is a parishioner.
John said that several hundred people made contributions and there were collections after two separate Masses at the cathedral and £15,000 was raised in total.
Adelaida said: “I still don’t have the right words to express what I feel. Thank you so much to Mr John’s family and all people who support and praying for my operations and now I’m doing great, I appreciated it very much. May the Lord give to you more blessing – I love you all.”
Pictured right are surgeon John Nolan and Adelaida Simon after her successful operation in Norwich and, top, the operating team.