My Tho, Vietnam-Teresa Olson, Interplast development coordinator.
Today we operated on 2-year-old Huyen. When I first met this adorable little girl she stood out from the crowd because she was so shy. Her endearing smile worked itself into my heart in seconds. When her mother rolled up Huyen's sleeves I was surprised at the severity of her deformity. She had no functioning fingers. Our surgeons discussed for a long time how they could help this young girl; Huyen's hands would never be fully functional. Finally the surgeons asked Huyen's mom what she hoped for from this surgery. Tears welled in my eyes as Huyen's mom explained all she wanted for Huyen was for her to be able to lift a spoon to feed herself or hold a pencil so she could attend school. That is the biggest miracle she could hope for. After today’s surgery she will be able to do both of those things. Life will not be easy for Huyen, but it is not without hope.