Surgeries began Thursday for our first seven patients including cleft lip, release of burn scar contractions and a biopsy. During the day we were visited by Dr. Myat Wunna Soe, Deputy Director General, Dept. of Medical Services with the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Medical Superintendent of the Retired Service Personnel Hospital where we are stationed. Families have settled in to the hospital wards where they will eat and sleep on a floor mat next to the patient they are accompanying.
John Kaufmann, left, enjoys a game of catch with four year-old Zayar Phyo.
Four year-old Zayar Phyo laughs while he is dressed in his surgical gown before going into the Operating Room for a prolabial reconstruction sultice.
Ma Kae Kae practices letters on a white board while waiting in the hospital ward.
Dr. Khin Maung is interviewed by a news crew from MRTV-Myanmar outside the Operating Theatre.
Brian Walker thanks Dr. Myat Wunna Soe, Deputy Director General, Dept. of Medical Services with the Myanmar Ministry of Health and Medical Superintendent of the Retired Service Personnel Hospital.
Irene Johnston, Rotaplast Recreation Therapist, entertains a baby with stuffed toys in the hospital ward. Entertaining families and patients in the wards helps everyone relax, laugh and pass the time.
Kay Thin Kaing, age 34, is all smiles as she is escorted into surgery by OR Nurse Sharron Newton. Kay Thin Kaing was treated for a release of a burn scar contracture on her neck.
Myanmar Plastic Surgeon, Dr. Yi Yi, left, works alongside Rotaplast surgeon Debra Johnson on Kay Thin Kaing.
Three-year old Bone Myat Kyaw, recovers under the watchful eyes of his mother. Bone Myat Kyaw was operated on for a palate repair and lip revision.