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Duchess of Cambridge praises Malaysia's hospice work

A terminally-ill Malaysian postponed a blood transfusion to catch a glimpse of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge during their royal tour to the South Pacific.

Leukaemia patient Zakwan Anuar met the Duchess before she made her first overseas speech, in which she described the work of the hospice movement as "life-changing".

The Duchess of Cambridge signs a birthday card for Zakwan Anuar, 15, watched by his mother. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

Kate gave her speech as she visited Hospis Malaysia, one of only a handful of medical institutions in the Commonwealth country providing support for dying patients.

The Duchess of Cambridge makes a speech during a visit to the Hospis Malaysia in Kuala Lumpur. Credit: Arthur Edwards/The Sun/PA Wire

The Duchess highlighted how she had learnt the importance of palliative care through her role as patron of East Anglia's Children's Hospices.

Speaking slowly through the PA system she said:

Through this patronage, I have learnt that delivering the best possible palliative care to children is vital.

Providing children and their families with a place of support, care and enhancement at a time of great need is simply life changing.

It is planned for East Anglia's Children's Hospices (Each) and Hospis Malaysia, a charity founded in 1991 and based in Kuala Lumpur, to set up a formal dialogue and an exchange of knowledge.

The royal visit also saw the Malaysian government announce a new nationwide initiative to help with the care of terminally ill children which Hospis Malaysia is supporting.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for a royal banquet in Malaysia Credit: Ian Jones/Daily Telegraph/PA Wire

The royal couple later attended a lunch with the country's Prime Minister which was followed by a royal banquet hosted by Malaysia's King, Yang di-Pertuan Agong, at his official residence, the Istana Negara, in Kuala Lumpur.

ITV News' Royal Correspondent Tim Ewart reports from Malaysia.

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