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Healing hands from foreign surgeons help Vietnamese walk again

Update: June, 02/2019 - 23:31


A surgery on a patient of lower deformity in northern Yên Bái Province last week. Photo Thúy Hồng

Hà Nội – Surgeons from America, Mexico and Turkey with their Vietnamese counterparts have provided free corrective surgery for 48 patients with ankle and foot deformities in Hà Nội and Yên Bái Province since May.

Dr Naomi Shield from the US said it was an important opportunity for both Vietnamese and foreign surgeons to work and discuss advanced operating methods.

She was speaking at a seminar held in Hà Nội on Saturday by the American Orthopedic Foot Ankle Society (AOFAS), the Mobility Outreach International (MOI) in co-operation with Việt Đức Hospital. 

“There is a young man from Yên Bái whom we met three years ago, at that time he couldn’t even walk, he just crawled around with pain and that tortured our heart,” she said, "After surgeries to cure his muscles, his hip, his knees and his ankles, now he can stand still and walks properly. Seeing him like that makes us so happy that our efforts aren’t wasted”.

Dr Nguyễn Mạnh Khánh, head of Việt Đức  Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery Department 1 believes it’s a valuable opportunity to exchange experiences and learn about advanced techniques of the foot and ankle orthopaedic surgery.

“Foot and ankle are really complicated as they are important joints which help the movement and can be easily vulnerable. So without caution, these parts can get damages during work, playing sport and accidents," he said. 

Dr Nguyễn Quang Trung, sub-director of the Hanoi Hospital of Orthopedics and Functional Rehabilitation, said: “With a group of doctor from AOFAS, we conducted surgeries at the hospital from May 27-30, including several cases that previous operations had failed to resolve.”

“But with the right techniques and expertise, the group did very well and now the rehabilitation outlook for the patients is pretty optimistic,” he said.
However, there are still difficulties during operating process due to the lack of resources and communication.

From June 3-13, two remaining groups of surgeons from America, China, Thailand and Việt Nam will continue to do surgery for about 50 patients at Vinh orthopaedic and rehabilitation hospital, Hospital of Orthopedics and Functional Rehabilitation in Hà Nội’s Việt Đức Hospital. – VNS 

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