Monday, September 20, 2010

A Picture vs. 1000 Words

Here are just a few photos taken during International Extremity Project's last trip to Vietnam in 2007. Stacy and Amy, the team's Physical Therapist and Speech-Language Pathologist, took the pictures during their work with the children.

To see more, check out the full album on our Facebook page. 





Amy working with a little girl and her mom in CanTho.
Stacy with a super-cutie in CanTho.
IEP donations to Can Tho Children's Hospital,
funded by generous donors!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Excited to Get Back to Vietnam

After a hiatus, I am very excited to get back to the people of Vietnam. This is my fourth medical mission to Vietnam, but I have participated in all the previous medical missions by helping on the homefront.

Taking part with this group to help someone in great need is an intensely moving experience. The plan for me during this medical mission is to help with packing of supplies, organizing supplies and instrumentation once there, working as a circulating nurse in the operating room, compiling post-operative medications with instructions, and assisting during post-operative rounds.    

Every year transpires into a new adventure in learning and changing the way we implement our medical mission.  I am ready and impassioned.

-Jenni Lehnert, RN

Monday, September 6, 2010

Stacy and Amy -- Getting Ready for Trip #3

Stacy and I are also pulling together our plans for our third mission working with International Extremity Project in Vietnam. As pediatric therapists (Stacy is Physical Therapist, I'm a Speech-Language Pathologist), we have the opportunity to work directly with children and parents at the Children's Hospital in Can Tho, as well as with the IEP surgical team.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

Where Is Can Tho Anyway?

From Wikipedia:
Cần Thơ, the name comes from "cầm thi giang" - river of poems, is a city in Vietnam. The city, regarded as "Western capital", with an estimated population of 1,121,000 as of 2004, is the biggest city in the Mekong Delta. The city is located on the south bank of the Hậu River, the bigger branch of the Mekong River. It is 169 km from Hồ Chí Minh City, Vietnam’s largest city. Cần Thơ’s climate is tropical and monsoonal with two seasons: rainy, from May to November; and dry, from December to April. Average annual humidity is 83%, rainfall 1,635 mm and temperature 27 °C.

Can Tho Hospital

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

More Than a Gift

Can Tho is in southern Vietnam which has a predominantly agricultural based economy. During our last visit one of the patient's families, for whom we corrected a severe deformity, gave me a bag of fruit from their farm. It was very uplifting to me that the family to go out of their way to share what little they had.

It's true it's not the gift but the giving.

~Jonah Mullens