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Plasticos in Armenia

The Things that Make a Difference

One of the moments that caught Monica’s attention more than any other was when a small boy came into the operating room area. He was very scared and afraid, which is true of most of the children. But for some reason this boy stood out from the rest. For days

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O.k., o.k. here is my post already.

Although I have been on three medical missions, this was my first as trip coordinator and well as my first in Cambodia.  I had visited the country 11 years ago and fell in love with it.  The stillness and awe of Angkor Watt and the jungle sounds that would come

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Sunday Sunday……so good to me!

It’s now Sunday morning, and I cannot believe how fast this trip has gone. This has been a busy trip; but with such good out-comes. Peter, our anesthesiologist has just gone to the airport; returning to the UK. It’s been great to see him again (the first time being 2

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A Patient Returns

The Cambodian parents have been very gracious about sharing their children’s stories.  One of those stories started over a year ago. The father of this little girl from Koskong province told us that she was walking behind her house holding her mother’s hand about 6 a.m. one morning when a

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A Cambodian Tale

During the “killing fields” in Cambodia, doctors, nurses, educators, and literate people were killed.  The Pol Pot regime believed that they could control the people, as long as they were not educated. Sophy Khan was a young boy who lived with his family in the city of Phnom Penh. They

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Cambodia 2011 – Arrival

The team has all gathered safely together in Cambodia. For this trip there is a small team of 6; 3 doctors, 2 nurses, and a co-coordinator. We breezed through customs, and were met by Sivpheng, our local host. The heat and humidity was immediately apparent even though it was 9am

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Plasticos in Armenia

Today I met with 8 of our patients for follow up. Two of them were had cleft operation, others were with contractors and keloids. All of them were very happy especially their parents. Vladik who had perianal keloids and has been operated for that was jumping all the time, he

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Final thoughts on Armenia from the Team Leader

Armenia, as all of our trips overseas, has been a wonderful, heart-warming and incredibly fulfilling experience, teeming with overwhelming kindness and caring by our staff and hosts alike.    What is truly exciting about Armenia is the opportunity to establish a self sustaining program of plastic surgery care for children and

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From our Anesthesiologist

The number of children requiring surgical repair turned out to be so high that we started operating on the first day and did not stop until the last day of the mission.  Although the workload was tremendous, the smiling and appreciative faces of children and parents were extremely rewarding.  Furthermore,

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