Cao Lanh, Vietnam - Duc Hung's sweet smile is matched by his kind nature. This morning in the recovery ward, I found him talking and playing with one of the toddler patients, trying to make the little one happy. Here is Duc Hung the morning after his surgery.
Cao Lanh, Vietnam - Nine-year-old Duc has an adorable smile. He has come to Interplast to have his eyelid repair. Duc suffers from ptosis, a disease which effects the eyelid and can lead to lose of sight. He said that it was already getting difficult to see with that eye. When asked what he liked to do, he at first said only schoolwork, only studying. But when pressed, we learned that he loves math and soccer and hopes to be a professional goalie someday.
We have already performed about 40 procedures on 31 patients in 3 days. We have seen a wide range of cases, including: cleft palates and lips, eyelid ptosis (where the eyelid muscle does not function and the eye remains partially or entirely closed), some terrible arm, facial and groin burns, a tongue hemangioma where the girl's tongue was several times the normal size, and hand and foot polydactyly (extra fingers and toes) and syndactyly (webbed fingers or toes). It has been amazing for us translator/coordinators, without much medical experience, to be able to work in the OR and witness the incredible work of the surgeons, Drs. Khundkar and Nolan.