Reported by Dr. Elizabeth Speck, UNC Surgery Resident:
Dr. Tim Weiner and I, Elizabeth Speck, general surgery resident, went on a mission trip to Siem Reap, Cambodia in October. We volunteered at Angkor Hospital for Children (AHC), a pediatric hospital funded by the NGO Friends Without A Border. We were there for six days and performed 18 cases, most of which were complex. We excised a large testicular cystic hygroma and a huge ovarian malignancy, removed a lower leg AV malformation and performed multiple pull-throughs for Hirschsprung's disease and anorectal malformations. Also, importantly, we donated a dermatome to the hospital and even had the opportunity to utilize it on a child with a burned arm and hand. The hospital does amazing things for the wonderful people of Cambodia and it was a priviledge to work with their surgeons, operating room staff, nurses and administration. Visit them online at www.angkorhospital.org to see how you can help.