Wednesday, March 7, 2007
Kids at the DaNang Orthopedic Hospital
We had the opportunity to meet with Mr. Cuc, Director of the DaNang Orthopedic Hospital and his Chief Surgeon. After explaining their needs to us, we were treated to a tour of the facility. The children of Vietnam seem to have a high incidence of limb deformities. These are surgically corrected through contributions of our donors. The children sleep on maps suspended from a metal frame. Parents that stay with them often sleep under their beds, as there are no facilities in the hospital to accommodate caregivers. One of the dreams of COV is to build a compassion house for families with sick children.
Seeing so many children with these deformities is difficult but they are all sweet and charming. One young girl stole are hearts particularly. Vinh, a quite soft spoken girl of 19, she was 7 years old when she was in a motor cycle accident that resulted in the lose of both lower portions of her legs. She could not walk until she was identified at the Tam Ky Street Program by COV staff as a candidate prosthetics. She is now walking. Although she has only completed 9th grade she dreams of studying English at the University level.