Cao Lanh, Vietnam--Dr. Lauren Jefferis, Interplast volunteer pediatrician
Our Cao Lanh team consisted of three surgeons, three anesthesiologists, two pediatricians, two OR nurses, one head nurse, two PACU nurses, one nurse educator, and two coordinators/translators. In just under two weeks, we screened more than 250 children and operated on 59 of them, performing a total of 84 procedures. After their operations, the children sometimes needed some TLC as their anesthesia wore off. They stayed an average of 2-3 days on the wards following their surgeries, under the care of the Vietnamese nurses. Many children returned a week after their surgeries to have their wounds checked and re-dressed.