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.


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)

Trip Summary - January 15-23, 2016

The 36th trip that Face the Challenge, Inc. (FTC) teams and their associates have taken since 1993 was on January 15-23, 2016. It was to Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. Randolph C. Robinson, MD, DDS, FAACS, Co-Founder, and his wife, Ginger H. Robinson, BSN, RN, Cardiac and Critical Care Nurse, President, attended the 25th Anniversary Celebration of the Odonto-Maxillo-Facial Hospital (OMFH) in Saigon District #1.

At the OMFH's Scientific Conference held at Saigon's Pullman Hotel, Dr. Robinson lectured on Preventing and Managing Complications of Facial Surgeries. He joined other specialists and presenters who came from Hong Kong, Japan, Taiwan, South Korea, the Philippines, Canada, and South Vietnam.

From FTC funds, the Robinsons bought and donated two facial surgery atlases ((c) 2016, each with ~1,500 pages). They also purchased titanium reconstructive bone plates and screws from Tridens Medical, LLC of Arvada, Colorado. In addition, they brought plates and screws donated as gifts-in-kind by KLS Martin.

Dr. Chanh (Facial Surgeon at the University Hospital in Saigon), Dr. Viet (former OMFHospital Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Director), Ginger H. Robinson, BSN, RN, Face the Challenge President, and Dr. Randolph (Randy) C. Robinson, Face the Challenge Co-Founder, Liberty Central Hotel Lobby, Saigon District #1, January 21, 2016.


Together, these reconstructive supplies were enough for the Vietnamese hosts to provide 20-30 free facial surgeries. These surgeries would especially be useful for patients with facial injuries or need jaw tumors removed and facial reconstructions.

The Robinsons were also asked by the OMFH Director, Dr. Nguyen Duc Minh, and former Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Department Director, Dr. Le Thi Viet, to help their Hospital establish and meet standard requirements to be certified by the American Cleft Palate Association. At the OMFH, they hope to develop a multi-specialty Cleft Team that involves Facial Surgeons, Anesthesiologists, Nurses, Geneticists, Speech Pathologists, Audiologists, Social Workers, and others.

As with Cleft Clinics in the United States, the OMFH staff want to continue to provide the initial surgeries for infants and children born with cleft lips, cleft palates, and facial clefting. They have already done so for over 25 years. Meanwhile, FTC teams have served with them since February 1995.

And now the OMFH leaders want to have ongoing planning for staged surgeries for these same patients as they develop until adulthood. It is the Robinsons' (and FTC's) privilege to come alongside the OMFH specialists to guide them.

Their next important step will be of ongoing consultations and offering the best possible care to many with great needs. These primary, secondary, and subsequent surgeries truly are life-changing. They often make the difference between poor health, isolation, and few educational and job opportunities, versus a life of hope and being accepted, educated, and productive.


FTC Returns From Recent Trip to Saigon

The 36th trip that Face the Challenge teams and their associates have taken since 1993 was on January 15-23, 2016.


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.


December 2016 Newsletter

In 2016 Face the Challenge entrusted funds to other like-minded servants, including:


Safely Back at the Lighthouse Orphanage

In March 2016 Face the Challenge was asked by Steve and Jenny Vrooman in the Denver metropolitan area if we would be willing to help a precious orphan abandoned at birth: "Dimash," born March 31, 2015.


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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