Quang Ngai, Vietnam-Nicole Friedland, Interplast staff. Photo by John Urban
Rahn is an 18-year-old girl. She's very shy, although she did agree to let us take pictures of her elbow, finger and wrist contracture. Another mountain person, she came in late to clinic but the team squeezed in time to attend to her elbow contracture. She'll also be encouraged to return for more work next year. It's unclear exactly how this contracture happened, but we're told it happened on her first day of life. It was either from boiling water or an insect bite that became badly infected.
She was only treated with local herbal medicine and never saw a doctor. When we asked how it has been for her to live with this disability, she simply started crying.