We walked onto the wards where we found Hoa and her child quietly sitting on the bed, the same bed they spent the night on recovering from surgery. The team made sure Hoa had her surgery first so she would be able to care of Hoai, her 2-year-old baby. As soon as we walked in the room, Hoa asked our translator to inform us that Hoai had been crying earlier because he wanted to go home. Luckily for Hoai they were discharged a few hours later. Hoa is from a tribe that lives in the mountains a few hours away from Quang Ngai. They will return to their tribe with a new life ahead for them both, especially for Hoai, who because of his age will never have to experience the hardships of having been born looking “different”. Once they reach their home, they’ll be able to continue their recovery, which as of this morning was going very well.
Photo by Zane Williams