Kathmandu, Nepal -- Dr. Hien Nguyen, ReSurge partner anesthesiologist
I met a beautiful 11-year-old girl in Kirtipur, Nepal. Her home land is in a village high on a hill.
One day over 6 months ago, she got a burn accident from a slip on a pan of boiling oil when she went to the market. I could not imagine how hard and how painful it has been since that time, but it's not finished yet because her knee has been bent so she cannot walk.
She came to the hospital this morning for surgery to release the scar at her knee. I think that she has been waiting for this surgery for a long time because I saw in her eyes the willingness to walk normally after surgery.
She was offered the option of spinal anesthesia if she would be ok to be awake during surgery. I thought that she must be sedated. But after a little bit of tears because of the needle of spinal she smiled and cooperated very well. She speaks a little bit of English so she asked me my name and she said she was ok every time I asked her how did she feel.
I took a picture of me and her and she wanted me to take the pictures of her surgery that was happening behind the barrier of the surgical area. I did one.