Trip Summary - March 25-April 5, 2015

Team #35 returned to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 25-April 5, 2015. The team of skilled, caring members worked especially well together. They were hosted by Dr. Nguyen Duc Minh, Director of the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital (OMFH) in Saigon District 1. And they worked closely with Dr. Nguyen Thuy Chau, Surgery Department Director, and Dr. Le Van Kim, Chief Anesthesiologist, along with the departmental staffs of nearly 50 employees.

On March 28 the FTC Team screened 68 patients. They came from 16 Southern/Southeastern and Central Provinces, including Provinces in the Mekong Delta.On March 30-April 3 they performed 19 surgeries on children and adults. The cases included facial cleft closures, advanced facial tumors urgently in need of removal, and reconstructive and TMJ (jaw joint) release surgeries for severe facial injuries. The combined total of time involved for these surgeries for the FTC Team and OMFH associates was 67 1/2 hours in 4 1/2 days.

The host OMFH Team of additional members simultaneously did 12 pediatric cleft lip and palate repair surgeries on another operating table nearby. Each of these cases lasted about 1-2 hours.

Phong and Thanh smile together, one day after their cleft palate repair surgeries.

 

We are thankful that all 31 cases had no complications and, thus far, the patients are reported to be healing well. From a historical perspective, the first FTC surgical team to operate in Saigon did so in February 1995, or 20 years ago.

Also, the 14th Face the Challenge Facial Surgery Seminar was on the afternoon of April 3 at the OMFH Conference Room. The topics selected by Dr. Chau were on: "Facial Tumor Removals" and "Midface Facial Trauma Reconstructions."

Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, FAACS, Oral, Maxillofacial, Craniofacial, and Facial Cosmetic Surgeon, presented lectures on each of these topics to an audience of specialists from the HCMC (Saigon) area.

All totaled, FTC teams and their associates have provided 1,232 free facial surgeries since FTC was established as a humanitarian non-profit organization in 1993. And we are deeply grateful for the 171 surgical team volunteers who have given their compassion, skills, and time to perform these life-changing surgeries.

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Face the Challenge (FTC) Team #35:

  1. Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, Co-Founder and Team Leader (CO)
  2. James Qiheng Shen, MD, Anesthesiologist (FL)
  3. Patricia King, RN, BSN, Peri-Operative Nurse (CO)
  4. Joseph Kurland, Liaison and International Businessman (CO)
  5. Julienne Kurland, MD, Anesthesiologist (CO)
  6. Daniel Murrietta, CST, Surgical Technologist (CO)
  7. Ginger Robinson, BSN, RN, Liaison and Cardiac/Critical Care Nurse, President (CO)
  8. Gabriela Stoeger-Stevens, MSN, BSN, RN, Peri-Anesthesia Care Nurse (CO)
  9. Diane Thackery, BSN, RN, Peri-Operative/Peri-Anesthesia Nurse (CO)
  10. Leslie Wiggin, RN, Peri-Operative Nurse (CO)

FTC Surgical Team #35 Returns from Vietnam

Face the Challenge Team #35 returned to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, March 25-April 5, 2015. The team of skilled, caring members worked especially well together.

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During our post-operative rounds, one of the young motorcycle accident victims, 24-year old "P" asked, What does "face the challenge" mean? One of the post-op ward nurses then explained the meaning.

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The Story of "N"

One year old "N" from Vietnam, was born with bilateral #4 Tessier facial clefts. Such clefts go up from the mouth on the outside of the nose and continue to the eye sockets.

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Face the Challenge (FTC) was founded by Randolph (Randy) C. Robinson, MD, DDS, cranio-maxillo-facial surgeon, and his wife, Ginger Holmes Robinson, BSN, RN (cardiac and critical care). Since the late 1970's, they shared a dream to offer their medical services to the world's needy.
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