Posts made in March, 2011

Ha Noi, Vietnam 5

Posted by on Mar 25, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off on Ha Noi, Vietnam 5

Ha Noi, Vietnam 5

Friday, March 25, 2011. Vien Bong Quoc Gia Hospital, (National Burn Institute) Ha Noi, Vietnam. This entire week was a steady and well-trained-for performance. Today is Friday, our last day of surgeries. Today we fly mid-air in a blur of twists and turns and stick our landing. Today we will soak in the remaining hours as guests in this beautifully layered, tough but graceful country. Having been witness all week to helping Vietnamese men, women and children who have suffered burns, we leave with awe stuffed in our pockets. I promise I won’t go heavy on you today. The mission has been...

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Ha Noi, Vietnam 4

Posted by on Mar 24, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off on Ha Noi, Vietnam 4

Ha Noi, Vietnam 4

Thursday, March 24, 2011. Vien Bong Quoc Gia Hospital, (National Burn Institute) Ha Noi, Vietnam. Four days down. One to go. Tomorrow is Friday. We will look to push through 8 or 9 more patients and then start packing for home. I sense the horse must be smelling the barn because the team ran at an amazingly fast clip today. Between cases 3 and 4, volunteer Dr. Bauer Horton from Baylor College of Medicine also managed to squeeze in an educational seminar on post-trauma, free-flap reconstructive surgery for about 45 Vietnamese plastic surgeons and medical students. The fisherman from Texas...

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Ha Noi, Vietnam 3

Posted by on Mar 23, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off on Ha Noi, Vietnam 3

Ha Noi, Vietnam 3

Wednesday, March 23, 2011. Vien Bong Quoc Gia Hospital, (National Burn Institute) Ha Noi, Vietnam. Day three. Last night after surgeries wrapped up, I realized some of our staff may have been a little homesick. Soon after we made sure all our patients had a bed on the ward, we found ourselves in one of Ha Noi’s few Kentucky Fried Chicken locations. Imagine traveling this far to eat American fast food? My sense is everyone was trudging through a massive case load of patients, and combined with severe jet lag, the idea of bringing local 333 beer, sugar-cane cokes and fried chicken back...

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Ha Noi, Vietnam 2

Posted by on Mar 22, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off on Ha Noi, Vietnam 2

Ha Noi, Vietnam 2

Tuesday, March 22, 2011. Vien Bong Quoc Gia Hospital, (National Burn Institute) Ha Noi, Vietnam. It’s been an interesting cadence of the senses as we wander through our day. See, touch, taste, smell, and hear. Rinse, lather, repeat. This is day two at the burn hospital in Ha Noi, Vietnam. Our volunteer surgical team stayed late last night and managed 7 cases without incident. No hiccups are a good sign, given all the variables. Yesterday we became rapidly familiar with our own team and also the Vietnamese hospital staff we are partnering with. In this fashion, the language is a huge...

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Ha Noi, Vietnam 1

Posted by on Mar 21, 2011 in Blog | Comments Off on Ha Noi, Vietnam 1

Ha Noi, Vietnam 1

Monday, March 21, 2011. Vien Bong Quoc Gia Hospital, (National Burn Institute) Ha Noi, Vietnam. I thought it would be fun to drop a few field notes and tasteful photos during our visit here in Ha Noi. For 23 years now, our surgical team has offered free cleft-lip and cleft-palate surgeries. This mission finds us in new territory as part of a burn team partnering with Surgical Volunteers International headed by Tom Flood out of Tucson, Arizona. Strengthened by this new partnership, Operation of Hope is now part of a pool of volunteers from all corners of the world. Especially noteworthy are...

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