Quang Ngai,Vietnam – Rob Williams, ReSurge supporter and volunteer
Giang is a happy, shy 6-year-old boy with significant challenges. It appears that he has Ambiotic Band Syndrome. When he was born, his family was very sad because they knew of no one who could help them. Giang has many friends, though, and is not picked on in his village.
His family heard about the ReSurge surgical team that visited Quang Ngai this month from a social worker visiting their remote mountain village. Giang was accompanied to the hospital by his grandfather, after his father drove them on a motorcycle from their rural home. They do not even speak Vietnamese. They only speak their local dialect. The father had to return to the village to work, as there are no days off for rural people trying to survive day-to-day.
At clinic, the ReSurge team decided they could repair Giang's cleft lip and the appearance of his nose and eye. All of the surgical patients and their families crowd into rooms and gather together in the hallways at the hospital while they are there. During evening rounds one day the doctors went to check on Giang prior to surgery. They were approached by numerous other families who share the same room, saying Giang and his grandfather were so poor they had no food or money. We put together a food basket to sustain them. Giang's grandfather's eyes welled with tears at the gift.
It was heartwarming to see such concern by the other families. All of these patients are extremely poor, but to see their concern for someone with even less was inspirational. A profound example for all. The grandfather held his grandson and rubbed his head until it was time to enter the operating room.
The surgery was long and technical, but Giang did well. The results were fantastic. He never cried after waking up from the operation; he merely held onto his grandfather's hand and quietly sung to himself. His sweet disposition quickly made him one of the recovery room nurses' favorites. After he was moved up to his shared room, the other families helped nurse Giang and made sure he took his medicines as instructed by the surgeons. They also requested to stay through the weekend so they could assist the grandfather in his care.
Giang's grandfather made an effort to thank all the doctors and nurses. He was humbled by the kindness from strangers. We told him him he was a good grandfather and that he and Giang deserved the assistance. He said it will be a celebration when they return home. People will even come from other villages to see the results of the successful surgery.