The work of our volunteer surgical teams continues and the impact is spreading! Another ReSurge team has landed in Vietnam and is working with our local partners to provide reconstructive surgeries to the people of Quy Nhon and the surrounding areas.
Team members are: surgeons Drs. Bill McClure and Jorge Palacios; anesthesiologists Drs. Les Proctor, James Nguyen and George Gregory; pediatrician Dr. Lisa Asta; nurses Frances Snyder, Jenny Thai, Erin Marlin and Alana Barron; and trip coordinators/translators Anne Nguyen and Mong-Hoa Ton.
One of our development staff members, Erin Martin, also joined the group and has been busy documenting the progress of the team. From her reports, it seems the trip is going to be a busy one--the team performed 13 surgeries in one day yesterday! Here's her account of one of the first patients treated, little Y Dim:
One of the girls on our operating schedule, Y Dim, 2 years old, was born with a cleft, and her father announced that he doesn't love her because she is not beautiful. He doesn't like to be around her. She came to the ReSurge clinic last year but was turned away because she was too anemic. This year, her mom thought she was turned away again, but it was a miscommunication. We called her last night upon realizing Y Dim wasn't in the ward where she should be the night before surgery, and they rushed back to the hospital. A translator explained to me that the mom is so relieved that her husband will now hopefully love his daughter.
Thanks, Erin, for this heartwarming story. We are thrilled that Y Dim is now able to access the care she needs. Thanks also to RealSelf for generously supporting the team's trip to Quy Nhon. We are enormously grateful for this partnership.
Stay tuned for more reports from the team!