Friday, June 13, 2008
In mid-August 2008, Thien Nhan will travel to Dartmouth University Hospital in New Hampshire, USA, for urethral surgery and high-tech prosthetic care. Thien Nhan is expected to be in the USA for six months on this initial visit.
Dr. Joe Rosen of Dartmouth College has agreed to oversee Thien Nhan's complex genital reconstruction, which will take place in stages over the next 10-15 years. After reviewing reports and images of Thien Nhan's injuries, several large hospitals had expressed regret that they would be unable to rebuild a functional penis. Dartmouth, however, is doing pioneering research in tissue-reconstruction, and these techniques offer hope for Thien Nhan.
While many hospital fees will be waived, we must try to step up our fundraising efforts to pay for Thien Nhan's (and a family member's) long stays overseas, medication and associated costs.