Especially moving is the story of My Linh, a 1 year old with a cleft lip and palate, who was abandoned by her parents. A sad part of this culture is that many people in this culture feel ashamed of having a deformed baby. Three or four days after My Linh was born, her mother left her at the hospital. A stranger who was in the hospital visiting a friend saw My Linh's father, who was crying. He said he couldn't care for the child and didn't know what to do. The stranger, who was already struggling to provide for 4 children, decided to adopt her, and when she heard about Interplast, she brought My Linh to Tien Giang hospital in the hopes of giving the child a new life.
The days have been long (breakfast at 6:30 and leave the hospital around 8 or 9 PM), but this kind of story really makes our time here rewarding. It reminds us why we are here and of our goal of providing hope to people who desperately need it.