The Binh Thanh/Hong Ha/An Hoa Medical Charity Humanitarian Medical Mission Team is home. That is, except, for four members.
Jakie Atkins remains at her husband’s side in Bangkok. Clay has been moved out of ICU into a extended stay room. Joette, who is with Jakie, reported last night that Bunrumgrad Hospital physicians suggested the Atkins could be there 2-3 weeks.
This morning the “Honeymooners” Eileen and Walt Griffin begin their journey home from Dalat to Ho Chi Minh City to Taipei to San Francisco. They’ll overnight in CA before continuing home to Lafayette, IN.
Here is the ministry of the first team: 966 patients treated; $5,000+ dispensed in meds; $2,400+ for 23 wheelchairs, 4 walkers, 20 canes & 4 pairs of crutches; $3,100+ for a prosthetic leg & 2 prosthetic eyes; $850+ for 394 pairs of reading eyeglasses; $2,300+ for labs/CT/MRI/X-rays and other tests; $3,700+ for minor surgeries; $1,100+ for hospitalizations; 7 cataract surgeries at $1,800+; $1,900+ for 7 dental procedures/surgeries; $900+ for one year of monthly blood transfusions; $700+ food staples & transportation assistance and $2,300 for interpreters.
The following is to be determined, as to the final cost (Estimates are given), as evaluations are still be carried out and procedures will take place shortly: 3 possible heart surgeries ($9,900); 1 hip replacement ($2,900); 1 Major foot surgery ($2,900); 2 breasts surgeries ($2,600) and 1 urinary procedure ($1,100); 1 spinal procedure ($1,700) and 20 more cataract procedures ($4,100).
VWAM made a new friend in-country, the Alliance for Children, who will partner with it to serve Downs Syndrome and other special needs children and adults in Hue! We thank An, Nga, My and especially “Moon” for their team spirit and unselfish volunteerism!
As always, Vets With A Mission appreciates the wonderful cooperation arranged by Chariman Le Van Anh, HueFO officer Nam, and support the Mandarin Cafe gave the team both at clinic and in the Cafe.
This is the last blog entry for the first team. Please come back often to follow the adventures of the Hoa Hai and Hoa Hiep Nam Clinic team. They arrive in Ho Chi Minh City on Friday morning, fly up to Danang on Sunday, and begin clinic Monday over four consecutive days, June 24-27.