Facing the World Mission Report

45 patients were assessed by a multi-disciplinary team of consultant surgeons brought to Danang by the charity Facing the World. The team consisted of eight doctors and two specialist nurses covering craniofacial plastic surgery, maxillofacial surgery, oculoplastic surgery and anaesthesia. The team spent a week at Danang General Hospital teaching, training and operating with their counterparts from Vietnam. Air travel to and from Vietnam was generously supported by The Emirates Foundation.

On Sunday, May 21st, the team assembled in Danang at the Minh Toan Galaxy Hotel generously sponsored by Mr Phouc. In the evening we met with the Vietnamese translators who all donate their time. They are all part of the UK Alumni Association.

On Monday 22nd May, Facing the World and Danang General Hospital medical teams met initially with the Director of the hospital and following this undertook clinic for the rest of the day where 45 patients were seen and assessed for consideration of specialist surgery. From this patient group the Vietnamese Plastic, Maxillofacial and Neurosurgery teams selected 14 patients who they thought would offer the best learning experience for them. The cases selected were focused on reconstruction after severe facial trauma, removal of fibrous dysplasia (bony tumours of the face), correction of congenital droopy eyelids in children to help vision develop normally and secondary cleft lip and palate cases. All the techniques demonstrated are applicable to adults and children.

For each case operated the Facing the World surgeon teamed up with his local counterpart in order to teach, train and discuss management options for the patients. In addition to this, the remaining patients had plans put in place for their future management by the Vietnamese doctors using the new approaches.

In addition to teaching and training in the operating theatre and outpatients, a specialist spinal anaesthetics course was carried out during the week. Advanced spinal anaesthesia techniques for the anaesthetic department were demonstrated and further techniques are being planned for the 2018 mission.

By the end of the week, the team had directly operated on 14 patients all with very good outcomes. These patients are all able to re enter society as useful members. More importantly, various techniques and approaches were demonstrated which will be incorporated by the Vietnamese doctors in the daily practices.

The support given to the charity by the Emirates Foundation is invaluable to the success of the Charity’s endeavours. The Vietnamese doctors are receiving training and lives are being recreated through the successful operations. The most grateful thank you is given to the Emirates Foundation and the Emirates Airline for their continued invaluable support.

With Many thanks

Facing the World

Fellowship Testimonials

VAN:

 FEBRUARY –March 2017

Orthodontic and orthognathic surgery are considered as novel fields in Vietnam. Undiagnosis and untreatment patients with type II, II malfunctioning occlusion impair not only their aesthetic but also activities such as respiratory (snoozing), communication, Obstructive Syndrome Apnea (OSA)…

It’s believed that St George and Ashford hospital are the most well-known medical center in England regard orthodontic and orthognathic surgery. With variety of modern equipments, facilities and well-trained and experience staffs, these hospitals may treat 500 patients every year. Thanks to the support from FTW, I’m able to study in England. It offers me a great change to explore medical knowledge, experience as well as English people and culture.

I hope in the next year, more of my colleagues  can come to the UK, upgrading their knowledge and experience in order to improve treatment quality as they come back to Vietnam.

 

DO THI NGOC LINH:

MARCH 2017

Vascular anomaly is one of the biggest challenges for the doctors in Viet Nam, where many patients are poor and have no insurance but are in the serious stages of disease. Some of our patients have abundant bleeding or even die before treatment.

Thanks to FTW for giving me a chance to come to London, to meet vascular anomalies experts in many hospitals in London and Birmingham and to learn from their techniques and experiences. We hope to learn more and more for a better treatment of our poor patients.Your support is greatly appreciated!

HANG:

MARCH –APRIL 2017

Head and neck cancer is one of the most popular cancer in Vietnam where many people are poor and have little chance to access an early diagnosis and effective treatment.

Thanks to the charity for giving me a chance to come to London, to meet head and neck cancer and eye tumour experts in many hospitals in London who I learned from many new techniques and experiences. With nearly 10 years of experience, head and neck cancer is not strange for me but the knowledge I had from London is the new grade  and high level experiences. We hope to learn more and more for a better treatment of our patients.

We are appreciated for your support

 

VIET ANH:

APRIL – MAY 2017

In Vietnam, severe malocclusion and skeletal discrepancies are met quite a lot, especially in poor patients because they have less chance to be examined and take care of their oral health. It is really hard for me to treat them because I do not have enough knowledge and experience in treating such severe cases.

I would like to thank the charity for giving me the opportunity to come to London. Whilst here, I have met some experts, who are so excellent and kind, I have gained a lot of new knowledge and experience from them. From what I have learned, I am sure that it will help me so much in diagnosing, treating my patients in Vietnam. The experience I had in London is so amazing and unforgettable. Your support for me is so precious and I appreciate it.

BUI TUAN ANH:

30th JUNE – 13th JUNE

My name is Bui Tuan Anh, I am a ENT doctor from Hong Ngoc Hospital in Hanoi.

In Vietnam, severe malocclusion and skeletal discrepancies are met quite a lot, especially in poor patients because they have less chance to be examined and take care of their oral health. It is really hard for me to treat them because i do not knowledge and experience in treating such severe cases.

I am grateful for the opportunity to come to London. While here, I have some many experts, all who are so excellent and kind in sharing their knowledge. I have gained a lot of new knowledge and experience from them. From what I have learned, I am sure that it will help me so much in diagnosing and treating my patients in Vietnam. The experience I had in London, is so amazing and unforgettable. Your support for me is so precious and I appreciate it.

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