No-nos are splint-type devices used to prevent young children from bending their arms, touching their faces and harming their stiches. In January, the San Jose Mercury News published an article on a local high school sewing class making no-nos for Interplast. Since that time, volunteers around the Bay Area and beyond have offered to help too and have made more than 2,500 no-nos. The no-nos on this young palate patient were made students at the Horizon Program at Cupertino High School in Cupertino, CA.
In 1989 in Ho Chi Minh City, Anne Phong Nguyen’s boyfriend, jealous and possessive, threw sulfuric acid on her face and body, leaving her severely disfigured and limited in movement. After five months in the hospital and more than 50 surgeries in the next decade, Anne is devoted to helping other acid burn victims and those in need of reconstructive surgery in developing countries.
Using her two weeks of vacation from her job in Lansing, Michigan, Anne regularly volunteers as a translator and surgical trip coordinator for Interplast. Anne believes the tragic event she suffered gives her extra strength and self-confidence. As she compassionately works with the patients, it is clear that Anne has a special connection and empathy with others. Interplast is grateful for her service. In Can Lanh, Anne holds and comforts Phat Tan before his surgery for ptosis, a condition which effects the eyelid and ones ability to see.
Dong Thap General Hospital’s medical staff is wonderful and very eager to learn and practice their craft. Local surgeons and nurses are always in the operating room. Here is Ben explaining the procedure to Dr. Hoa and scrub nurses Trung and Van.
Surgeon Dong Thap’s Dr. Hien was the first assist or the primary surgeon; an Interplast plastic surgeon at the table in case he was needed, but she did several cleft lips and palates; it was a great opportunity to see Interplast education and empowerment mission in action.
This beautiful 9-year-old was born with an extra thumb, which makes it difficult for her to write. She also always hides her hand, as children in school tease her. The surgeons will operate to remove the extra digit.