Quy Nhon, Vietnam-Mark Friedlander, Interplast volunteer chief anesthesiologist.
The city of Quy Nhon is fortunate to have as one of its citizens a woman by the name of Nga. Nga, without any funding or support, started a centre for disabled children in Quy Nhon. Over many years she has developed a centre for vocational skills training where deaf, mute, blind and other disabled children learn to function and earn a living in ways that would otherwise be an impossibility for them in Vietnam.
Nga has also assisted and referred patients to Interplast trips. The Interplast team visited the centre where we learned about its history, were entertained by the musical and dancing skills of deaf, mute and blind children. We purchased garments, hats and bags skillfully made by Nga’s centre. Nga also arranged the custom production of OR scrubs embroidered with the Interplast logo, a popular item for the team.
Assisting the centre is an excellent way of promoting Interplast in the local community, and at the same time assisting these children in a small yet impactful way.